Lewis Hamilton says he might have to work”twice as hard” to stay ahead of rising F1 celebrities Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc.
Verstappen and Leclerc, together with runaway championship leader Hamilton, have demonstrated the front-running celebrities of this season so far. Mercedes’ Hamilton along with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen have won two of the five races with Ferrari’s Leclerc winning another in his breakthrough victory at Spa last Sunday.
Aged 34, Hamilton has been older than 21-year-olds 13 years and has been impressed by their progress.
“They are doing a phenomenal job,” Hamilton told Sky Sports in Italy before the weekend’s race at Monza.
“It’s interesting to see their travel because I’ve been there at the era in the previous part of my career and seeing with the trials and tribulations that you proceed through. So I could empathise with what they are going through.
“I have to work twice as hard today to remain ahead of them because they’re young and fresh and energised, and it is harder when you get old to remain as fit, as pushed and as eloquent.”
Hamilton leads the world championship by a sizable perimeter with eight races and stays the standard-bearer of F1 Even though Leclerc and Verstappen are contributing the sport’s next generation of drivers.
The five-time champion insists”I don’t even know the amount of points I have” but states he keeps tabs on his own race ending positions and”that’s exactly what I try to maintain as high as possible”.
“I have no idea when and if or how the rest of the championship is going to go but I must try and make sure I continue punching at this elevated level,” said the winner of eight of 2019’s hitherto 13 races.
Mercedes are the defending champions of the GP having gone awry in F1’s quickest circuit since the current engine era began in 2014. Hamilton is the joint Monza file holder with five victories.
However, has the remarkable win for Ferrari at Belgium of Leclerc established the home club ?
Simon Lazenby and sky F1’s Martin Brundle assess that question and all the other big talking points going into the weekend in the movie above. Sunday’s race begins at 2.10pm live merely on Sky Sports F1.
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