Verstappen: 'I'm absolutely sure I'm faster than Hamilton'

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Verstappen: 'I'm absolutely sure I'm faster than Hamilton'

Max Verstappen is nothing if not confident, and the Red Bull driver has reminded everyone of that fact by claiming to being "absolutely sure" he's faster than arch-rival Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen enjoyed a strong start to his summer period, winning three consecutive races - in France, Styria and Austria - to build himself a healthy 32-point lead over Hamilton ahead of the British Grand Prix, the Briton's home race.

The high-profile crash at Silverstone between the Dutchman and the Mercedes driver ended up massively benefitting the latter who went on to win race, amid the controversy.

But last weekend's eventful race in Hungary, where Verstappen was once again involved in an opening lap incident, although through no fault of his own, delivered another points advantage to the seven-time world champion who also reclaimed the lead in the Drivers' standings.

However, Verstappen is determined to fight back, armed with his outstanding talent but his ultra-confident mindset.

"I’m sure we can make it an exciting battle," the 23-year-old told De Telegraaf. "We still have a good chance of winning and should not suddenly give up.

"I see it this way: I can still go faster than anyone in a car. There is also something in it. I am absolutely sure that I am faster than Lewis.

"For me it works very well to think like that. If I didn’t think so, I’d be better off staying at home."

  • Read also: Verstappen objects to 'ridiculous' crash question

Verstappen's performance in the first part of the 2021 season was helped in part by the edge enjoyed by Red Bull's Honda-powered RB16B over Mercedes' W12.

However, a final update package implemented on its car at Silverstone has delivered an overall improvement to the Brackley squad's car.

Verstappen insists his team now needs to dig in and work to extract more from its car.

"I think the cars were certainly equal earlier this year," he said. "Now Mercedes is back on track and we have to ensure that we straighten it at least. Then I can make the difference.

"It is now up to us to keep working to find just that one or two tenths that they have taken back during this season.

"Look, Mercedes was so dominant in the years before, so in that regard we are in much better shape this season.

"Of course, it also helped a bit that the rules were changed slightly for this year. But we will have to see what we can still get out of the car."

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Villeneuve suggests bold 2022 option for Mercedes and Bottas

Mercedes will soon choose between Valtteri Bottas and George Russell the driver that will race alongside Lewis Hamilton... The post Villeneuve suggests bold 2022 option for Mercedes and Bottas appeared first on F1i.com.

Villeneuve suggests bold 2022 option for Mercedes and Bottas

Mercedes will soon choose between Valtteri Bottas and George Russell the driver that will race alongside Lewis Hamilton next season, but Jacques Villeneuve has suggested a striking alternate plan for the Brackley squad.

The consensus in the paddock is that Russell will move from Williams to Mercedes for 2022, while Bottas is rumored to be mulling a seat with Alfa Romeo Racing.

However, given Mercedes boss Toto Wolff's commitment to finding the best seat possible for Bottas should the Finn depart the German outfit, Villeneuve says Aston Martin team owner Lawrence Stroll should leverage his close relationship with Wolff and swap his son Lance Stroll with the Finn.

And Villeneuve's premise is that Hamilton is unlikely to approve of Russell's arrival at Brackley.

"For me he [Bottas] could move to Aston Martin in place of Lance Stroll, who would go to Mercedes," Villeneuve told Italy's Libero Quotidiano.

"Stroll senior’s dream, very close to Toto Wolff, is to see his son winning championships. And Toto needs a place for Valtteri.

"For sure Hamilton doesn’t like Russell as a team-mate. Better someone like Bottas, who doesn’t bother him."

Villeneuve also offered his view on the current battle for supremacy in the championship between Hamilton and Max Verstappen. The 1997 F1 world champion believes it's "the right year" for the Dutchman to defeat his arch-rival.

"He’s in very good shape, Red Bull is geared towards him, he drives the car perfectly," said the 50-yearold Canadian.

"Whether he wins the championship or not, it’s the right year and he has matured a lot. He fights against a Mercedes in great crisis and for the search of the hundredth that makes the difference.

"The same goes for Hamilton. Last year he fought with Bottas, today against Verstappen he has to stand up for himself to stay afloat.

"Red Bull is taking of Verstappen and in his hands the car today is an arrow. No one else would be able to be as comfortable."

  • Read also: Bottas at a better place 'mentally' with Williams – Button

Villeneuve also picked out his favourite young charger among the new generation.

"Lando Norris. He destroyed Ricciardo," he said. "He has grown and he’s very strong in the races.

"He’s a ‘daddy’s boy’ as well, like Stroll, but he shows an impressive hunger which is unusual for drivers who did not have to make an effort."

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