Lewis Hamilton denies ‘the Max Verstappen period’: “It’s too early” | F1

Regardless of an 11.1s pit cease, Verstappen was nonetheless in a position to win in Austin, overtaking Hamilton and Charles Leclerc within the last stint of the race. 

Verstappen’s newest triumph means he strikes degree with Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel for the file variety of wins in a season.

Given the extent of efficiency proven by Verstappen and Crimson Bull in F1 2022, there are fears that there could possibly be one other period of dominance arising, much like Vettel with Crimson Bull within the early 2010s or Hamilton on the flip of the hybrid period in 2014.

Hamilton believes “it’s too early to say” whether or not the ‘Verstappen period’ is underway but.

“It’s too early to say,” Hamilton mentioned. “If we get into subsequent yr they usually’re dominating once more, then sure, however the Ferraris have been faster than them all through qualifying. I believe they’ve, over a single lap in all probability had higher efficiency for almost all of plenty of the season. 

“Now, all they should do is choose up their race tempo, they usually’ll be proper with them. I believe we have got a a lot, a lot larger step and steeper hill to climb, however hopefully not inconceivable.”

Leclerc – who has typically been Verstappen’s nearest challenger this yr – acknowledged that he’ll do “the whole lot for it to not occur”, however recognised his private want and Ferrari’s to enhance in F1 2023.

“Nicely, I hope not,” Leclerc added. “I’ll do the whole lot for it to to not occur and we’re working as a crew for it to not occur clearly.  I believe it is extremely clear for us the place we have to enhance. 

“Over one lap, we’re actually sturdy and I believe we’re on the identical degree as Crimson Bull; over the course of a race, then we’re battling tyres. So we’re placing our effort into that and I hope that we’ll see the end result as quickly as subsequent yr. Wanting again on the season, there’s been not solely tyre degradation however there was errors, technique, communication and tyre  administration is a kind of issues. 

“And, once more, we are attempting to make use of these final races in the easiest way potential so as to problem Max and Crimson Bull for the championship subsequent yr. However I am assured we are able to do this as a result of I understand how exhausting we’re working and I am assured that we’re working in the precise path.”

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