Too Early to Discuss of a Max Verstappen Period, Says Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton believes it’s too early to discuss with a ‘Max Verstappen period’ following the Dutchman’s success in clinching a second consecutive drivers world title with Pink Bull

Mercedes’ seven-time champion, who was controversially crushed by Verstappen on the ultimate lap of final yr’s remaining race in Abu Dhabi, prompt it remained attainable Ferrari can overhaul Pink Bull and alter the narrative.

And his view was supported by Charles Leclerc who stated he’s working in direction of stopping a Verstappen and Pink Bull period of dominance.

“It’s too early to say,” stated Hamilton, who’s with out a win this season for the primary time since he entered System One in 2007.

“If we get into subsequent yr and so they’re dominating once more, then sure, however the Ferraris have been faster than them all through qualifying…

“I believe they’ve in all probability had higher efficiency for almost all of the season. Now, all they should do is choose up their race tempo and so they’ll be proper with them.

“I believe we’ve bought a a lot, a lot greater step and steeper hill to climb, however hopefully not unimaginable.”

Verstappen goes into this weekend’s Mexico Grand Prix chasing a document for many wins in a single season after drawing stage with seven-time champion Michael Schumacher and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel on 13.

Leclerc saluted his consistency and runaway success, however he believes Ferrari’s work on bettering their automotive and efficiency subsequent season will repay.

“I hope not,” stated the Monegasque when confronted with the prospect of a ‘Verstappen period’. “I’ll do all the things I can to forestall that and as a workforce we’re additionally engaged on that.

“I believe it is vitally clear for us the place we have to enhance. Over one lap, we’re actually robust and I believe we’re on the identical stage as Pink Bull — over the course of a race, then we’re fighting tyres.

“Trying again on the season, there’s been not solely tyre degradation, however there have been errors in technique, communication and tyre administration.”

“We try to make use of these final races in the easiest way attainable to be able to problem Max and Pink Bull for the championship subsequent yr.

“I’m assured we are able to try this as a result of I understand how onerous we’re working and I’m assured that we’re working in the fitting course.”

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