Max Verstappen admits rivalry with Charles Leclerc is ‘more natural’ than Lewis Hamilton

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MAX VERSTAPPEN has battled with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in each Grand Prix thus far this season.

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Max Verstappen has confirmed he approaches battles with Charles Leclerc otherwise to Lewis Hamilton. The reigning champion claimed it “feels pure” to race towards the Ferrari man as they’ve historical past.

The Dutchman competed with Leclerc as youngsters in karting earlier than their battles in F1. Verstappen and Leclerc additionally duelled within the 2019 season, most notably on the Austrian Grand Prix the place the Crimson Bull star stole Monegasque’s first victory on the ultimate lap.

Talking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, he mentioned: “Each driver is totally different, in the best way they assault or defend. That is why you all the time have to enter the combat in a singular approach.”

“It feels pure to compete towards drivers that I’ve competed towards up to now in karts and have now come to F1. Specifically Charles, it is good to see that we’re two younger guys competing for victories – we have fought some good duels thus far.”

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Max Verstappen admits rivalry with Charles Leclerc is 'more natural' than Lewis Hamilton

Max Verstappen has admitted he races Charles Leclerc otherwise (Picture: Getty)

The admission comes after analysts repeatedly claimed that Verstappen has been much less aggressive with Leclerc than he was with Hamilton final season. In battles, Verstappen has appeared extra calm and calculated in passing alternatives.

In Saudi Arabia, he merely waited behind Leclerc to safe the DRS earlier than merely passing on the primary straight to win. Compared, his battle with Hamilton in Jeddah months earlier than spilt uncontrolled with the 2 colliding on the primary straight,

Earlier than the incident, Verstappen had additionally dived at Hamilton into flip one in his determined try and move. Sky Sports activities pundit Karun Chandhok mentioned Verstapepn wished to determine himself as “primary” final season, a strain he does not face thus far in 2022.

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Max Verstappen admits rivalry with Charles Leclerc is 'more natural' than Lewis Hamilton

Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc have battled in any respect three races this season (Picture: Getty)

He mentioned: “The way in which he was extra aggressive with Lewis final yr, I watched the primary two races and so they had been going ding dong. As if he was making an attempt to determine himself with Lewis. Whereas with Charles they’re friends.

“I feel there was a component of him figuring out Lewis was the benchmark, Lewis has been the perfect driver of his technology now. For Max, it was an opportunity to determine himself as a World Champion and the primary.”

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