Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton can do little with the claim of Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, who said after the Austrian Grand Prix that the Dutchman has since become a better driver than the British reigning world champion.
"It's only good to hear from your team boss," said Verstappen to Silverstone, coldly when asked what he thought of Horner's statement. "I won't say it doesn't hurt me, but I'm not concerned about it."
Verstappen said he realized that he has enough qualities to be able to perform at the top of Formula 1. "Otherwise I would rather stay home", he said firmly. "But I don't need things like this."
Hamilton also clearly stated that he did not like comparisons. "I don't compare myself with anyone else," said the five-time world champion, who thinks that Horner's statement is mostly looking for attention.
Everyone has that every now and then, "he said slightly irritated." At least I think Max does a fantastic job. It is really nice to see him ride ", Hamilton praised his Dutch competitor." The last race was great and I find it interesting to see how Red Bull emerges. "
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"Who is the best?"
In turn, Verstappen once again emphasized the absurdity of comparing drivers. "There is always speculation, even comparing with riders of the past," said the Limburger, who is sometimes compared to Ayrton Senna.
"Those are of course different times. Who is the best? I don't know. Maybe Senna has never been in the right car."
Verstappen and Hamilton took to the track on Silverstone for the first time on Friday for the first two free practice sessions for the Grand Prix of Great Britain. On Saturday the third training (12.00) and the qualification (15.00) are on the program and the race starts on Sunday at 15.10.
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