Chandhok says Max “was trying to establish himself with Lewis” in 2021

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Former F1 driver Karun Chandhok says he believes Max Verstappen was more aggressive with Lewis Hamilton than with Charles Leclerc, because he knew “Lewis was the benchmark”.

Several observers have noted that Max Verstappen has been driving more cleanly and less aggressively while battling Charles Leclerc, than he did while racing Lewis Hamilton in 2021.

On Sky Sports F1 Karun Chandhok gave his opinion on why that is.

“The way he was more aggressive with Lewis last year,” Chandhok started.

“I watched the first two races and they were going ding dong, as if he was trying to establish himself with Lewis.

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“Whereas with Charles they are peers. I think there was an element of him knowing Lewis was the benchmark,

“Lewis has been the best driver of his generation now. For Max, it was a chance to establish himself as a World Champion and the number one.

“With Charles, he sees him as a peer, a bit more of someone he has grown up with and is equal.

“They know each other,” Chandhok concluded.

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