Lewis Hamilton on why he feels he is ‘a target’ for Max Verstappen

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Lewis Hamilton says “you have to listen to the words that certain individuals say about me”, and “also look back at the way those individuals behave on track around me”.

After Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were involved in a collision at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix (for which the Dutch driver received a five-second penalty), Lewis said he has “become a bit of a target”.

In a talk with Channel 4, the Briton was asked why he feels he is being ‘targeted’.

“I feel like it is self-explanatory,” Lewis said.

“You have to listen to the words that certain individuals say about me, competitor-wise, and also look back at the way those individuals behave on track around me.


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“It kind of shows you it is most often a little bit different to others.

“I can’t explain exactly why but part of it is for sure to do with the time I have had here, the experience I have had here, the success I have had here.

“I know because when I got to the sport, that target was someone else who had had the success and my goal was to challenge them.

“You almost wanted to show how tough you were, how good you were compared to that person, etcetera,” Hamilton concluded.

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