Mercedes has been having a hard time in the opening four races of the 2022 season. It all culminated with Lewis Hamilton being stuck in P14 for most of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and ultimately being lapped by Max Verstappen,
The Dutch driver, though, says he derived no pleasure from lapping his 2021 title rival.
“To be honest, it wasn’t something I was enjoying at the time,” Verstappen told The Telegraph.
“I was just focused on my race, on getting through the traffic as cleanly as possible and winning.
“I mean, it wasn’t like, ‘Oh, I’m lapping Lewis, what an amazing feeling’. I had great battles with Lewis last year, now he’s in a car which is not so great.
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“Having said that, of course, George [Russell] does finish fourth in that car, so it is not all horrific, right?”
Max then went on to say the difference in results between Hamilton and Russell cannot be used to compare their performance at the moment.
“George probably had a good start and a good clean first lap, and that helps. I’d say [Lewis’] car had quite a bit more pace than the midfield traffic, but yeah, it was hard to pass.
“I mean, also when there was only one dry line, and when you don’t have, let’s say, a top speed advantage anymore, it makes it a lot harder to judge how far Lewis was off George.
“But clearly the whole weekend George was doing really well,” Verstappen concluded.