Lewis Hamilton says he doesn’t feel “more wary” of his battle with Max Verstappen than he did at the beginning of the season.
As we approach the start of the second half of the 2021 season, at the Belgian Grand Prix Thursday press conference Lewis Hamilton was asked if he feels “more wary” of Verstappen now that he is looking to regain the lead in the championship.
“I don’t feel like I’m more wary than I was at the beginning of the year,” the Briton said.
“We knew how good [Red Bull] would be at the beginning; we’ve obviously seen the speed and the competitiveness of them in the past.
“Of course, as we’ve got through the season, they’ve got stronger and stronger and it’s been harder for us as we’ve gone on, we’ve had a bit of as difficult patch but we got back to operating how we have done in the past.
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“But it’s going to be close. It’s going to be tough this second half of the season. The first half was definitely one of the toughest and I expect it’s going to be pretty much the same in the second half, if not more difficult.”
Hamilton was then asked what the difference was between fighting for the championship against a driver from a different team vs. battling a team-mate, like he did Nico Rosberg from 2014 until 2016.
“It’s exactly the same, if I’m really honest, whether you’re fighting your team mate or another team, I would say in terms of how much you need to dig.
“But it’s a different journey that you go on when it’s internal, the journey you go on with a smaller group of people within your own team, as opposed to a whole team fighting another team.
“It’s a much better dynamic, a much more enjoyable journey. But from a driver’s point of view, I race against whoever.”