Verstappen Battles Bringing Out the “True” Lewis Hamilton: Di Resta

Published 05/13/2021, 9:39 AM EDT
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


Without a doubt, Lewis Hamilton has been in the form of his life these past few years. The Mercedes star has rocketed to seven F1 world championships, matching Michael Schumacher. Nobody in their wildest dreams would have imagined that someone would equal that record, and having done that, Hamilton is now on the brink of breaking it this year.

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Recently, ex-F1 driver Paul di Resta spoke to Natalie Pinkham about his compatriot. He noted that, as great a driver as he is, age will catch up to Lewis Hamilton. Moreover, he believes that Lewis’ battles with Max Verstappen have brought out the best in him.

The former F1 driver said, “I think it is important for Lewis, I think you’re seeing the true Lewis. You’re seeing his character come out because of how successful he’s been.”

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Now that he has that seventh world championship, Hamilton knows that he has equaled the best. The British driver is aware that whatever he does from now on will be etched in the history books of F1. While Hamilton can make it to a whole new level, even if he does not, he can happily walk away, knowing that he left an indelible mark on the sport

What is different between the current Lewis Hamilton and the one from a couple of years ago?

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According to di Resta, Lewis Hamilton is vastly different from a few years ago. While he is happily complimenting the likes of Max Verstappen and Lando Norris now, he probably would not have done it a few years ago. The former Force India driver attributed it to his maturity over the years.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leads Mercedes’Lewis Hamilton at the start of the race REUTERS/Albert Gea

Now, the seven-time world champion is looking forward to next weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix. The Briton has won at the Principality on three occasions, twice with Mercedes.

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Now, he will be hoping to add a fourth win and will try to prevent Max Verstappen from getting his first Monaco win.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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