Max Verstappen's reaction to lapping Lewis Hamilton at Imola GP

Verstappen's reaction to lapping Hamilton

Max Verstappen has revealed that it didn’t mean anything to lap the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and that it wasn’t a surprise given the W13’s pace this season. Or lack of it for that matter.

Verstappen and Hamilton went toe-to-toe last season, with the final lap of the season deciding that the title would return to Milton Keynes and Red Bull.

Verstappen, when asked about lapping his former rival, made a rather quick remark about the team’s lack of pace all season.

He said: “They’ve been slow all year, so for me it’s not anything exciting, it just happens.”

Mercedes have been struggling all year with porpoising, where the car violently bounces due to the seal created by the underflow of the car bursting.

Hamilton has already conceded the Drivers’ Championship due to the car’s lack of driveability.

He said: “I’m out of the championship for sure, there’s no question about that.”

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The race held at Imola promised to be an exciting one, with rain falling all weekend meaning that driver ability would be the deciding factor rather than car performance.

Verstappen would go on to win the race in Italy, followed by teammate Sergio Perez and McLaren’s Lando Norris completing the top three.

Current Constructors’ Championship leaders Ferrari had a race to forget, with Carlos Sainz colliding with Daniel Ricciardo on lap one, leading to the Spaniard beaching himself in the gravel and being unable to restart the race.

Things went from bad to worse for the Maranello-based team with 10 laps to go when Charles Leclerc spun whilst fighting for second, with the Monegasque driver dropping down to ninth, however, recovering to sixth.

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The F1 circus will now have a week’s break before heading Stateside for the inaugural Miami Grand Prix, which will take place around the Hard Rock Stadium, home to the Miami Dolphins.

The track, which features 19 corners and has a lap length of 5.41km, has been billed to be one of the highlights of the calendar.

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