Verstappen says “it’s great” that Hamilton is “still learning” at 37

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Max Verstappen responds to Lewis Hamilton’s “clumsy” dig, and says it’s great that “when you’re 37 years old, at some point you understand how to get to an apex”.

After battling Charles Leclerc at the British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton said the young Monegasque was a “very sensible driver – clearly a lot different to what I experienced last year”.

It was an obvious dig at Max Verstappen, who was involved in a controversial collision with Lewis at Copse corner back in 2021. Hamilton also added:

“At Copse for example, the two of us [Lewis and Leclerc] went through there with no problem.”

Ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix, Verstappen was asked to respond to Lewis’ comments.

“I think it’s great that, when you’re 37 years old, at some point you understand how to get to an apex,” the Dutch driver said.

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“He does learn, so that’s positive for the younger drivers: when you’re 37 you still stay always learning!

“You can clearly see it in the images, of course. Charles gave him less space than I did last year, so that says enough. Moreover, he received a penalty last year, so you should not talk about that.”

Asked if it was smart from Hamilton to take such dig ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix, because there will be a lot of Verstappen fans there, Max said:

“He has to live with it himself. I think it’s a bit clumsy but, in the end, it has nothing to do with my performance. I have to focus on what we’re doing here.

“I think we’re doing quite well this year, so we’ll keep working on that,” Verstappen concluded.

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