Red Bull’s Max Verstappen believes it was easier for 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg to beat Lewis Hamilton because they were team-mates at Mercedes, adding his challenge this season is “something different”. Hamilton is now experiencing what could be his biggest threat in the sport since Rosberg retired at the end of 2016, days after winning the title.
However, it’s not a view not shared by the German during his time alongside the seven-time world champion, who finally beat the Briton at the fourth time of asking.
The championship took a new twist heading into the summer break after Red Bull and Verstappen had their significant lead not only cut but lost completely after two points scored at Silverstone and Hungary.
It’s now advantage Hamilton as the sport takes a four-week break, with the Brit holding an eight-point advantage when racing continues at the end of the month.
Yet asked in an interview with Bild if he can draw on any past experiences with Rosberg, Verstappen said: “Not really. They were in the same car, so it’s easier to beat your team-mate.”
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