Hamilton says his team-mates “have been stronger” than Verstappen’s

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Lewis Hamilton says all his team-mates “have been stronger than the team-mates that Max has had”, and adds “Max has not raced against anyone like that”.

There has been a lot of talk lately about Sergio Perez’s significant gap to Max Verstappen, something that even Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has highlighted after the Dutch Grand Prix.

Ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has chimed in, and pointed out he has had to contend with much stronger team-mates throughout his career.

“The narrative, that goes through the media…,” Lewis started.

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“You know when I qualified half a second, six tenths ahead of Valtteri [Bottas], they didn’t say the same thing as they say today when Max qualifies six tenths ahead of Perez – it’s blown up much more.

“And in my personal opinion, Valtteri, and actually all my team-mates, have been stronger than the team-mates that Max has had.

“Jenson [Button], Fernando [Alonso], George [Russell], Valtteri, Nico [Rosberg] – I’ve had so many.

“These guys have all been very consistent, and Max has not raced against anyone like that,” Hamilton concluded.

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