Verstappen responds to Hamilton’s praise of Adrian Newey and Red Bull

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When Lewis Hamilton was asked about Max Verstappen’s performances in 2022, the Briton explained he was especially impressed by the job Red Bull’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey has been doing.

After the Dutch Grand Prix, a journalist put to Max Verstappen that Lewis credited his dominance to Adrian Newey and to Red Bull.

Although the way Lewis put it was not aimed at discrediting Verstappen, the journalist asked the Dutchman if he thinks the comment was valid.

“There’s a lot of that is down to the team, of course, as also how Lewis won his championships,” Verstappen said.

“That’s how it goes in Formula 1. Your car is super-important, but I think when you’re an exceptional driver like of course Lewis is as well, you make a difference over your team-mate at the time, because in very crucial races as well.

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“For example, for me, I think one that stood out as well for him, was Turkey, when it was very slippery – just staying calm, not making mistakes.

“You end up winning a race like that and that’s what, at the end of the day, what good drivers do. They do make the difference compared to other fast drivers but not as good.

“So, yeah, the car is very dominant in Formula 1 but of course between team-mates, only one can win, and that’s where you have to make the difference,” the Dutch driver concluded.

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