Kovalainen thinks Verstappen sees Hamilton as bigger threat than Leclerc

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Heikki Kovalainen thinks Max Verstappen is more aggressive with Lewis Hamilton that with Charles Leclerc, because he “knows Lewis has that little bit extra that perhaps other drivers don’t have”.

While Heikki Kovalainen was commenting on the collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, he said Max might be racing differently with Hamilton than with Leclerc, because he sees him as more of a threat.

“I just can’t help but feel that Max is feeling Charles isn’t as much of a threat as Lewis,” the Finn told TalkSport.

“With Mercedes getting their car back together and Lewis rejoining the fight, maybe Max feels like he has to draw the line stronger with Lewis, and Lewis is ready for that fight and also ready to draw a line.

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“I feel like the way Max is racing Charles and other drivers he feels like he can lose a corner and still win the war, he can get them back later.

“But perhaps with Lewis he knows Lewis has that little bit extra that perhaps other drivers don’t have.

“And if he gives Lewis that little bit of room and lets him go ahead he might not see him again on the weight scale at the end of the race.

“Lewis can be so fast that once he gets going he can win seven races in a row and no one can stop him whereas other drivers can’t do that,” Kovalainen concluded.

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