According to Max Verstappen himself, Lewis Hamilton is jealous of Verstappen’s current success in Formula 1. Hamilton, who has won the championship seven times, had the chance to become an eight-time champion in 2021 but was overshadowed by Verstappen. Since then, Verstappen has continued to dominate while Hamilton watches from the sidelines. In an effort to undermine Verstappen’s dominance and talent, Hamilton claimed that his own teammates, including Valtteri Bottas, have been stronger than Verstappen’s. However, Verstappen dismissed Hamilton’s remarks and stated that he is focused on performing well in his own role. Mercedes, who were used to winning during the turbo-hybrid era, were surprised when they couldn’t match Red Bull’s performance under the new regulations in 2022. Verstappen believes that Mercedes needs to accept that they are no longer the dominant force they once were and give credit where it is deserved. He also defended his teammates, saying they were strong competitors and that his own skills set him apart. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner echoed Verstappen’s views and criticized Hamilton for his comments. Horner believes that Verstappen has what it takes to succeed against any competitor and has consistently proven himself in recent years. Overall, Verstappen sees Hamilton’s comments as a reflection of Mercedes being sore losers and believes that his performances speak for themselves.