‘I am still fighting for this title’: Lewis Hamilton is not panicking just yet in his battle for Formula One glory with Max Verstappen… despite the Red Bull driver winning THREE of the last four races
- Max Verstappen is finally looking to end Lewis Hamilton’s dominance this season
- Red Bull driver has opened up an 18-point lead over seven-time world champion
- Hamilton hasn’t won in last four races, with Red Bull coming out on top in them
- But Hamilton is refusing to panic ahead of Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton made a rare trip to Mercedes’ factory to use their simulator ahead of Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.
The seven-time world champion trails Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by 18 points going into the second race in Spielberg and is desperate to try everything to end his four-round winless streak.
Pressure is mounting on Hamilton, with former McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso backing Verstappen to win the title, but Hamilton said: ‘We are not even halfway through the season.
Lewis Hamilton insists he is not panicking just yet in his title battle with Max Verstappen
Verstappen opened up an 18-point lead over Hamilton after victory at the Styrian Grand Prix
‘I am still fighting for this title and I don’t find myself concerned.
‘We are pushing as hard as we can. Red Bull are continuing to take steps forward but I cannot get tied in that negative bubble of worrying. I will put all my energy into being as prepared as I can be.
‘This is the time we come together to rectify any issues we have. That is why we are world champions.’
Alonso said: ‘We have an interesting championship so we can follow with more adrenaline. Max is probably the favourite, because he is performing better.’
Fernando Alonso has tipped Verstappen to end Hamilton’s dominance within Formula One