Why Max Verstappen Isn’t Interested in Copying Lewis Hamilton Amid Tense F1 Title Fight

Published 04/09/2021, 4:45 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race on the podium with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are the fiercest rivals on the grid. The Dutchman has always been on the tail of the seven-time world champion, but hasn’t been able to win the title. Now, Verstappen has revealed that he doesn’t want to copy Lewis on where he could improve on his driving and potentially win the championship.

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In the opening race in Bahrain, the Dutchman was the favorite to win. He had a spectacular qualifying session that saw him outclass both Mercedes for pole position. However, in the closing laps of the race, Verstappen had an intense battle with Hamilton but crossed the line in an agonizing second place.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Second placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

In an interview with Autosport, Max said, “I don’t look at it like that. I first look at what I could have done better or different – [after] every single race. And then… I do watch other people and review stuff, but I am not someone who copies. I’m myself.”

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“Because if you copy stuff from others, you’re always going to be behind first of all – because you’re not innovating and becoming better than them. Of course you can just look at it, you can observe it. But at the end of the day, I’m myself and I think that works the best for me – to be myself,” Verstappen concluded.

Marko believes that Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are on the same level

In an interview with Formel1.de as quoted by PlanetF1, the Red Bull advisor said, “The race clearly showed that the two are in a class of their own. The thing that Hamilton has over Max is incredible consistency.”

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He added, “I don’t know how many races he has, how many wins. You could see how he did a great job tactically, how he made line changes and so on. It was a very difficult race for Max. But again, they are more or less on a par with each other. Max will also be able to draw on a wealth of experience like Hamilton’s at some point.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates second place on the podium with the trophy Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

The next stop on the Formula One calendar is at Imola. The race will give the Red Bull driver a chance at redemption. Can Max beat the Mercedes driver, or will he be chasing him as they zip around the circuit to get that win? Do you think Max can steal this year’s driver’s championship from Hamilton? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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