‘Max Verstappen races Leclerc in another way to how he raced Hamilton’

Former F1 driver Karun Chandhok believes Max Verstappen races Charles Leclerc as an “equal”, fairly than how his battles with Lewis Hamilton have been to try to “dethrone” the seven-time World Champion.

Duels between Verstappen and Hamilton grew to become intense at instances final season, with contact made between the 2 of them on a number of events, with the Purple Bull driver particularly receiving criticism for the lengths he generally went to in holding place towards Hamilton.

The title struggle went all the way in which right down to the ultimate lap in Abu Dhabi, with the Dutchman breaking the Mercedes driver’s run of 4 World Championships in a row in dramatic circumstances.

However the racing between Verstappen and Leclerc, who had a rivalry with one another throughout their karting days, has been altogether “cleaner” by this yr to this point after they’ve battled for place.

And that would come right down to various components, together with Verstappen taking the World title, in addition to he and Leclerc being long-time “friends”, in accordance with former Lotus and HRT driver Chandhok.

“We talked about it, I feel, after Saudi. I nonetheless consider that he truly races Leclerc in another way to how he raced Lewis final yr as a result of I feel he was attempting to ascertain himself towards Lewis, proper?” Chandhok mentioned on Sky F1.

“, Lewis was the incumbent, the king of the fort, and Max needed to come alongside, or felt he needed to come alongside, to mainly dethrone him and received his elbows out a bit extra.

“Whereas with Leclerc, they’ve grown up as friends, and I really feel like Max doesn’t really feel like he has to essentially, you recognize, knock him off that pedestal successfully.

“He sees Leclerc as an equal as somebody he’s raced with since they have been youngsters and due to this fact, there’s much less ‘elbows out’ in the way in which they go racing with one another and it’s cleaner.

“They provide one another extra space and possibly a few of it’s maturity and having that World Championship, however I do assume there’s a shift within the mindset for positive.”

Verstappen at the moment leads Leclerc within the World Championship by 49 factors, after a 95-point swing in his favour up to now six races, having taken 5 victories in that point.

The Ferrari driver has not dominated out his possibilities of getting again within the struggle nevertheless, saying that two race victories will put him again within the hunt.



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