In a recent interview, Lewis Hamilton
shared one thing he believes to have in common with the other two World Champions that are on the grid today.
Lewis Hamilton's greatest rival in F1
nowadays is Red Bull
Racing's Max Verstappen
. The Dutchman snatched his eighth title away from the Mercedes
driver and dominated the two following seasons.
Some believe the two drivers don't like each other, but the triple World Champion recently explained it is nothing personal and their rivalry does not extend beyond the track
When Lewis Hamilton was asked in a recent interview to name the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Verstappen, he told formule1.nl
"I would say, keep doing what you're doing. He's doing great."
Verstappen has indeed been doing great over the course of the last two seasons, and the seven-time World Champion will be hoping to stop his Championship winning streak if he can get a competitive car from his team.
According to the opinions of all 20 F1 drivers
on the grid, Verstappen, Hamilton, and Fernando Alonso
are the three best drivers in the sport currently.
Asked about the commonalities between him and the other two World Champions, the 39-year-old Mercedes driver responded:
"I think Max and Fernando have one thing in common with me: we are all extremely competitive. We go to great lengths to achieve what we want."
Hamilton has even been a teammate with the Spanish Matador during his first season in F1, but that did not go well as the two had quite a few very tense moments both on and off the track.
While they didn't work well together, the two respect each other. Lewis Hamilton added he can't really comment further into detail as he doesn't know Verstappen or Alonso personally.
"I can't say much about what they are like as a person. I only know them from the Formula 1 world, it is not the case that I visit them, for example."