Max Verstappen rubs salt in Lewis Hamilton’s wounds with comment on lapping him in Imola

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MAX VERSTAPPEN has admitted he would not take a lot pleasure from lapping Lewis Hamilton.

Max Verstappen rubs salt in Lewis Hamilton's wounds with comment on lapping him in Imola

Max Verstappen rubs salt in Lewis Hamilton’s wounds with touch upon lapping him in Imola (Picture: SKY SPORTS)

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Max Verstappen claims lapping Lewis Hamilton on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix would not convey him a lot pleasure due to how gradual Mercedes are. The Crimson Bull driver gained the race in Imola and claimed lapping Hamilton, who completed thirteenth, at first of lap 41 was not “something thrilling” for him.

Hamilton was proven the blue flags for Verstappen down the principle pit straight because the Dutchman prolonged his lead over second-placed team-mate Sergio Perez on his technique to a second victory of the season.

“Ouch that’s going to harm,” commented Sky Sports activities’ F1 commentator David Croft, with the cameras exhibiting Christian Horner after which a really straight-faced Toto Wolff on the respective Crimson Bull and Mercedes pitwalls.

Hamilton and Verstappen went toe-to-toe for the title final season in an absorbing battle however this yr the Briton’s Mercedes automotive has been nicely off the tempo. And it is due to that, Verstappen says, that there’s not a lot to take from lapping the Silver Arrows.

Max Verstappen rubs salt in Lewis Hamilton's wounds with comment on lapping him in Imola

Max Verstappen rubs salt in Lewis Hamilton’s wounds with touch upon lapping him in Imola (Picture: SKY SPORTS)

“Mercedes has been gradual all yr, so for me it isn’t something thrilling, it simply occurs,” the reigning world champion stated. He added: “It was a great weekend for us, we would have liked it. I did not count on us to have a weekend like this.

“However when you may have a weekend on the finish like this, that is unbelievable: a one-two for the workforce but in addition most factors scored. Additionally the way in which we dealt with the race, we didn’t actually make any errors. A really optimistic weekend.”

Hamilton, nonetheless, was relatively extra sombre after ending thirteenth. He mirrored: “A weekend to overlook that is for positive. I am out of the championship for positive. There is not any query about that. I am going to nonetheless maintain working as arduous as I can and try to pull it again collectively in some way.”

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The Briton is seven within the Drivers’ Championship standings on 28 factors and 58 behind chief Charles Leclerc. Verstappen in contrast is 27 factors behind Ferrari’s Leclerc, who completed P6 in Imola after spinning when in third. That error allowed Verstappen to considerably reduce on the championship lead that was 45 factors earlier than this race.

Crimson Bull workforce boss Horner stated: “For the championship, clearly, it was vital for us to take some factors off Ferrari, which we have completed in each championship tables. We’ll take that out of this weekend after which try to construct on it in Miami, an all-new circuit, in a few weeks’ time.”

F1 returns for the fifth spherical of the season with the inaugural Miami Grand Prix on Might 6-8.

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