Lewis Hamilton Explains Why He’s Not Optimistic of Beating Max Verstappen on Sunday

Published 06/26/2021, 10:34 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 8, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton reacts after qualifying in pole position REUTERS/Emilio Morenatti


The high-intense qualifying session is done and dusted, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen taking pole position, while his title rival, Lewis Hamilton had to settle for third place on the grid.

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However, instead of believing he can make the difference tomorrow, Hamilton doesn’t think he can match the pace of the Dutchman and overtake him around the Red Bull Ring

But, with the forecast predicting rain tomorrow, Hamilton is hoping that he and his team can surprise Red Bull and possibly steal their thunder in their home race in Austria.

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Lewis Hamilton doesn’t think overtaking Verstappen is possible

Speaking after the qualifying session, Hamilton said, “It wasn’t the greatest of sessions but I’m still on the front row [because of Valtteri’s penalty].

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

“I don’t think we have the raw pace to overtake [Red Bull]. I’ll be giving it everything. Maybe we’ll be surprised tomorrow. Maybe in rains,” Hamilton concluded.

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The Knight will have to bring his A-game to the Styrian GP

The 7-time world champion is used to getting pole position at every race. However, this time around Hamilton had to settle for third place, while his archrival, Verstappen achieved a provisional pole.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Styria, Austria – June 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Hence, the Mercedes driver will be looking to bounce back in tomorrow’s race, hoping to find the pace and defeat the Red Bull prodigy. Furthermore, Lewis is looking to win the race in Austria, a place where he won last time around, and is hoping to regain the lead in the title race.

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The only question remains is that, can Verstappen keep Hamilton in his rear-view mirrors, or will Lewis step and put a spectacular performance on Sunday? We will just have to wait and see.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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