Max Verstappen believes that world champion Lewis Hamilton is not under enough pressure throughout the season and therefore makes almost no mistakes, and although he admits that he is good, he believes that he is ‘not God’.
Hamilton convincingly won the sixth world title last year, although in the second part of the season he had to deal with the challenges of ever-faster Ferrari drivers and Verstappen in Red Bull, but Mercedes’ perfect start in the first part of the season with eight Hamilton wins in the first 12 races secured him an unbeateble advantage.
For the second time in his F1 career, Hamilton has scored points in all races of the season, and in the last three years he has failed to score only once, at the 2018 Austrian GP in 2018 due to a technical problem.
Verstappen, who is one of Hamilton’s main challengers ahead of the new 2020 F1 season, believes Hamilton must be put under pressure more often to make more mistakes, which was not the case the past few seasons.
“We can at least put them under pressure and then it will be a lot harder for him,” Verstappen commented on the potential fight for the 2020 champion title.
“If you’re never under pressure, then you can always drive at 97 or 98% and you’ll never make mistakes or have one bad weekend out of 21 or 22 races.”
“Even if we start within two tenths of a second, we can put them under pressure.”
“And of course, I would like to start straight away there because then it’s really on.”
Verstappen admits Hamilton is one of the best drivers, but says he’s not God.
“Lewis is really good. He’s definitely one of the best, but he’s not God,” said Verstappen.
“Maybe God is with him, but he is not God.”
“I think we were good last year, especially in the transition year we had [changing engine supplier], it was very promising.”
“We really want to be a challenge for Mercedes and I think we can do it. Of course we have to wait for the tests, but I’m really looking forward, we’re all fired up.”
“We are all very motivated, especially after the end of last year when we were very competitive. We know where we have to work, but you can’t solve it in two or three weekends.”
“We have to be strong from the first race, we have to be here.”