Lewis Hamilton has unique plan to take fight to F1 rival Max Verstappen

By | June 4, 2024

Lewis Hamilton has unique plan to take fight to F1 rival Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton has been chasing Max Verstappen for the past three seasons and ahead of his move to Ferrari, the seven-time F1 world champion is plotting to beat the Red Bull star

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have a long-standing rivalry (

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Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he pictures himself being further ahead in a race and imagines chasing his own car down in order to stabilise his mindset.

The seven-time Formula 1 world champion hasn’t won the title since 2020, with Red Bull star Max Verstappen dominating the grid. Hamilton, 39, will swap Mercedes for Ferrari at the end of this season and hopes that the move can put him back in championship contention.

With Verstappen likely to be the favourite, and if not Ferrari’s own Charles Leclerc, Hamilton is ready for ‘the hunt’ in order to get his hands on a record-breaking eighth title, having been part of Mercedes’ decline in recent years. The Brit prefers to be chasing, too, as he revealed while appearing on an episode of the hit YouTube show, Hot Ones.

“I think it’s easier to hunt,” Hamilton told host Sean Evans while tasting increasingly spicy pieces of chicken. “If you’re chasing and you make mistakes, you fall two steps back but you can regain or work your way back.

“But if you’re leading and you have a car failure, it’s just so much more nerve-wracking. I much, much prefer chasing. But I got to a point where I learned how to maintain the chase – so what I used to do is I just used to picture me further up ahead and so I was just chasing myself. That seemed to keep me on the straight and narrow.”

In the same interview, Hamilton made a thinly-veiled dig at current team Mercedes over their W15 car, claiming that he’s in conflict with the machine at ‘every moment’ of the race. Team principal Toto Wolff had promised to make ‘fundamental’ changes following the team’s disappointing 2023.

After Hamilton finished seventh at the Monaco Grand Prix, two places behind team-mate George Russell, Wolff explained: “You just got to chip away performance by performance.

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