“I Really Hate It” – Max Verstappen Takes a Sarcastic Jab at Lewis Hamilton

Published 09/24/2021, 1:56 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Emilio Morenatti


The 2021 F1 season has spiced up to the levels which F1 fans haven’t gotten to witness since Nico Rosberg retired from the sport. Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are separated by just five points at the top of the Drivers’ Championship table. Things were already heating up between the two, and at Monza, it crossed the boiling point. Hamilton and Verstappen crashed into each other and both of them had to retire from the race.

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However, things aren’t just limited to the track anymore. In the press conference leading up to the Russian GP, Max Verstappen sarcastically mocked Hamilton’s claims that he is feeling a lot of pressure due to the title fight.

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Russian GP Press Conference gets spicy for Lewis Hamilton & Max Verstappen

During the press conference on Thursday, Hamilton was asked if he thought that the pressure is catching on to Max. Lewis replied, “Obviously he won’t admit to it and I’m not going to make an assumption but I’m just saying I remember what it was like when I had my first one and it definitely mounted up.”

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen poses with a tire after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Seco

Max faced the media later the same day. He was told about what Lewis claimed about him being under pressure. Max laughed it off sarcastically and saidYeah, I’m so nervous, I can hardly sleep. It’s so horrible to fight for a title. I really hate it. Yeah.

He then answered in a serious tone, “No, I think if someone really knows me, I’m very relaxed about all those things and I really can’t be bothered you know I’m very chilled. It’s the best feeling ever to have a car, a great car where you go into every weekend and you can fight for a win.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on the podium with champagne after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Seco

It doesn’t matter if you’re just leading a championship or not—those comments I mean it just shows you that he doesn’t really know me, which is fine, I don’t need to know him, how he is, fully. I just focus on myself and I really enjoy it out there at the front and of course, hopefully, we can do it for a really long time.”

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Racing hard but fair

Hamilton had stated earlier that both of them are professionals and he expects a “hard but fair” fight among them. Verstappen cleared things out from his side today. When asked if he would consider changing his approach if neither of them wanted to back out, he said “I think that goes both ways. It’s not only me when we are racing each other”.

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With so much on the line, it’s pretty evident that none of the drivers would go easy on the other. It’s just a matter of time before we get to see if the mercury rises once more, or if they keep the heat under control.

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Riddhi Mondal

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Riddhi Mondal is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Having previously worked as a student reporter at The Statesman, she is an ardent follower of all things F1. A nerd through and through, the complicated physics that goes into the cars is what drew Riddhi to the sport.

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