Lewis Hamilton throws weight behind Charles Leclerc to beat Max Verstappen to world title

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LEWIS HAMILTON has claimed he favours Ferrari to beat Crimson Bull to the world title however has not utterly written off his personal possibilities at Mercedes.

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Lewis Hamilton says he desires Charles Leclerc to win the F1 world championship as a substitute of Max Verstappen. The Mercedes star claimed Leclerc is a ‘very sturdy’ driver and believes Ferrari has now proven they will ‘create an important automobile’.

The seven-time champion defined that he was a ‘Ferrari fan’ and would help Leclerc in a title battle. However, when he was requested whether or not he believes Leclerc or Verstappen will win the title, Hamilton responded that Mercedes themselves weren’t but out of the battle.

Chatting with Italian publication Corriere Della Sera, he stated: “So you’re taking it with no consideration that we at Mercedes are completed for? Do not underestimate us. Ferrari are stronger in qualifying and Crimson Bull within the race.

“But it surely modifications with each race, and Ferrari has proven that they know learn how to create an important automobile. After which Charles may be very sturdy. Anyway, I might add one factor: if I may sit down with the followers over there, I might help Charles. I am a Ferrari fan.”

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Lewis Hamilton throws weight behind Charles Leclerc to beat Max Verstappen to world title

Lewis Hamilton says he would like Charles Leclerc wins the F1 title this season (Picture: Getty)

Leclerc loved a superb begin to the season with two wins from the primary three races. Retirements for Verstappen within the Bahrain and Australian Grands Prix noticed the Dutchman drop 46 factors behind the Monegasque after the primary three races.

Nevertheless, Verstappen has gained each race since Australia to get well the misplaced floor. Leclerc’s retirement in Spain noticed the Dutchman overtake him within the standings for the primary time this season.

The reigning champion has additionally gained each race he has completed this season as momentum swings away from the Italian marquee. In the meantime, Hamilton has struggled to maintain up with the tempo of frontrunners Ferrari and Crimson Bull thus far this season.

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Lewis Hamilton throws weight behind Charles Leclerc to beat Max Verstappen to world title

Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen are embroiled in an intense title battle (Picture: Getty)

He finds himself sixth within the drivers’ standings, a large 64 factors behind new championship chief Max Verstappen. Nevertheless, Leclerc has but to utterly write off Hamilton’s possibilities of ultimately competing for wins and the championship.

The Monegasque stated: “I by no means actually discarded them from the championship as a result of I understand how sturdy of a group they’re. What they’ve proven within the final years shouldn’t be by probability, it’s as a result of they’ve obtained the fitting individuals and they’re working in the fitting method.

“They’ve had a troublesome begin of the season however there’s no query for me that they are going to be again very very quickly, and as they’ve proven in Barcelona, they already did a giant step ahead.”

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