In the realm of Formula 1, numerous individuals involved must focus on their own responsibilities, as stated by Max Verstappen. Lewis Hamilton also held this belief previously, but circumstances have since altered. As the Italian Grand Prix weekend commenced, Hamilton initiated a psychological warfare against Verstappen, aiming to diminish his achievements in the championship. Nevertheless, Verstappen has not remained quiet in response to these assaults.
At the Monza press conference, Hamilton unexpectedly made a comment regarding Verstappen’s period of dominance that was deemed unnecessary. He emphasized his own victories while downplaying Verstappen’s successes, stating that the Dutchman has never competed against teammates of equal skill as Hamilton. This remark caught many off guard, as Hamilton is generally not known for openly criticizing others during interviews.
Verstappen responded to Hamilton’s statement, stating that people can continue to criticize and downplay their achievements, but he doesn’t care. He emphasized that individuals should focus on themselves and what they can control. Verstappen also called Hamilton a “jealous” man.
Hamilton and Mercedes have been experiencing a rough patch since their defeat to Verstappen and Red Bull in 2021. The W14 car is not showing signs of improvement, leading Hamilton to employ psychological tactics in order to unsettle Verstappen. However, Verstappen is currently outperforming Hamilton in verbal exchanges as well.
Verstappen holds the belief that Hamilton might feel envious of his present achievements and proposes that Hamilton’s provocative remarks do not have an impact on him. He opines that it is difficult for Mercedes to handle a defeat after enjoying years of continuous victories.
Verstappen is currently dominating not only on the racetrack but also in verbal exchanges. Perhaps Hamilton should prioritize enhancing his car’s performance instead of relying on psychological tactics.
Verstappen has effectively thwarted Hamilton’s efforts to unsettle the Red Bull team through his unsportsmanlike psychological tactics.