“Maybe Lewis Should Buy Glasses”: Max Verstappen ‘Tired’ of Hamilton’s Underdog F1 Narrative

Published 06/28/2021, 6:48 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


It is no secret that Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are arch-rivals. However, the Dutchman is getting tired of Hamilton’s statements presenting himself as an underdog, even though there have been situations were Mercedes had the upper hand.

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The Milton-Keynes-based outfit have found the edge over the Silver Arrows in the last three races; they won in Azerbaijan, followed by France, and then the first of two home races in Austria.

Max Verstappen feels Lewis needs have a reality check

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As quoted by Formula World, the Dutch driver said, “I am getting a little tired of Lewis always creeping into the underdog position. We drove in France with less wing (less downforce). Everyone could see that.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race alongside Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who finished in second place REUTERS/Albert Gea

“Maybe Lewis should buy glasses,” Verstappen concluded.

Underdog or not, Hamilton believes his Brackley-based colleagues need to improve the car so that they match the pace of the Raging Bulls, and catch up to them in the title race.

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The Red Bull prodigy extends his lead in the title fight

The 23-year-old achieved pole position at the Styrian Grand Prix this past weekend. He was determined to take the top step at the Red Bull Ring, and he did exactly that, as he breezed past the competition and brought a home victory for his team.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

Verstappen earned another twenty-five points from this weekend, which has increased his tally to 156 points. His title rival, Lewis Hamilton, is down in second place in the standings with 138 points under his belt.

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In just a week’s time, we will see the ninth round of the championship, which takes place at the same venue in Austria

Can Max keep the Mercedes driver in his rear-view mirrors and grab another win to further increase his lead against Britain’s Knight? We will just have for a few more days for the Austrian Grand Prix.

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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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