Lewis Hamilton brands Max Verstappen's comments 'a sign of weakness'

‘I find it funny’: Lewis Hamilton says that Max Verstappen’s Mercedes comments are a sign of weakness

  • Max Verstappen said that Lewis Hamilton’s success is down to his Mercedes car
  • However the Brit has branded the 22-year-old’s comments as a sign of weakness 
  • The 35-year-old could win a record-equalling seventh world title this season 

Lewis Hamilton has hit back at criticism from Max Verstappen, calling the Dutchman’s comments ‘a sign of weakness’.

The Briton, 35, has won five of the last six world titles, and will match Michael Schumacher’s record seven championships if he extends that run this season.

But Verstappen, 22, recently said that was only down to Hamilton’s Mercedes car.

Lewis Hamilton (middle) has delved into a war of words with Max Verstappen (right)

Verstappen has said that Hamilton had only achieved his success due to his Mercedes car

 Speaking at the Silverstone launch of the Silver Arrows’ 2020 machine yesterday, Hamilton said: ‘I find it funny. I have always been known to do my talking on the track, so I tend to see that as a sign of weakness.

‘At this time of the year you don’t feel any pressure. You are focused but it is about enjoying the moment.’

Hamilton’s £40million-a-year deal with Mercedes expires at the end of the year but, after Ferrari distanced themselves from a move for him this week, Hamilton was positive about signing a new contract.

Hamilton has said that the 22-year-old’s comments are ‘funny’ and a ‘sign of weakness’

 ‘It is a real privilege to be wanted to stay and to be part of a great team,’ he said. ‘That is a great feeling, and I hope I can continue to help to contribute to the team’s success.

‘Every year I am trying to improve, take a step up, refine the game and the mental approach. That is the real challenge. But I have a great team that I get to work with and every year we are extracting more from each other.

‘This is my eighth year driving for Mercedes and the buzz is the same.’

Hamilton returns to action at the first of two three-day pre-season tests in Barcelona on Wednesday.

 

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