Max Verstappen has said that he has “no difficulties with anyone” on the Formula 1 grid, including the British driver, in contrast to Lewis Hamilton’s assertions.
When both drivers were vying for the Drivers’ Championship in the 2021 season, Verstappen and Hamilton’s friendship came under fire. To win his first F1 championship, the former ultimately edged out the latter on the last lap of the season’s last race.
Hamilton recently expressed his appreciation for Max Verstappen in an interview with Formula 1 magazine. But he questioned if Verstappen felt the same way about him. According to PlanetF1, Max Verstappen said:
“People like to speculate that Max Verstappen and I are having issues. I admire him. Since he is much younger than I am, it’s possible that he has an issue with me, but I’m not sure and genuinely assuming he doesn’t. I can’t, however, speak for him.”
Max Verstappen was questioned over Hamtion’s remarks when Red Bull Racing unveiled its RB19 2023 vehicle in New York on February 3. The 25-year-old put any rumours of hostility between himself and Hamilton to rest.
The two-time world champion claimed that they both enjoyed themselves at the November all-driver dinner. “I have no problems with anyone,” Max Verstappen told reporters, according to PlanetF1. “We had fun laughing with everyone at the dinner in Abu Dhabi [to honour Sebastian Vettel’s career], so it’s alright.”
In fact, Max Verstappen recently mentioned how much he admires the seven-time world champion while predicting that the veteran will fight for the championship in 2023.
“He’s been one of the greatest drivers ever in the sport, so for sure if he has the vehicle to do it, he can contend for the title again,” he said in an interview with Sky Sports.
Despite receiving an FIA penalty, Max Verstappen is “confident” about Red Bull’s 2023 chances
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Due to Red Bull Racing’s violation of the cost ceiling for the 2021 F1 season, they will suffer financial and sporting consequences. However, Max Verstappen feels optimistic about the team’s prospects for the 2018 season.
The FIA penalized Red Bull $7 million for the violation and cut back on the team’s wind tunnel testing time. Although Verstappen is aware that it was a setback for his team, he is nevertheless upbeat about their future. He stated:
“Yes, it will have an impact on us, but how much? I’m not quite sure. I’m sure that will serve as further inspiration for the team and the folks on board to work even harder.”