Lewis Hamilton says that he will have to work”twice as hard” to keep ahead of climbing F1 celebrities Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc.
Leclerc and verstappen, together with championship leader Hamilton, have proved the front-running stars of the season up to now. Mercedes’ Hamilton along with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen have won two of the previous five races with Ferrari’s Leclerc winning the other in his breakthrough victory at Spa final Sunday.
Hamilton has been older than 21-year-olds, 13 years and has been impressed with their own progress.
“They are both doing a phenomenal job,” Hamilton told Sky Sports in Italy ahead of this weekend’s race at Monza.
“It is fascinating to watch their travel because I’ve been there at that age in the previous part of my career and visiting the trials and tribulations you proceed through. With what they are going through I could empathise.
“I have to work twice as hard now to stay ahead of them as they’re young and fresh and energised, and it’s tougher when you get old to stay as healthy, as driven and as sharp.”
Hamilton directs the world championship by a large perimeter with eight races left and remains the standard-bearer of F1 Even though Leclerc and Verstappen are directing the next generation of drivers of the sport.
The five-time champion insists”I don’t know the number of things I’ve” but states he keeps tabs on his race finishing positions and”that’s what I try to keep as high as possible”.
“I don’t have any idea if and when or how the remaining part of the championship is going to go but I must try and make sure I continue punching at this high level,” said the winner of eight of 2019’s hitherto 13 races.
Mercedes would be the defending winners of this Italian GP because the present engine era began in 2014 with gone unbeaten at F1 circuit. Winning a few of these races, Hamilton is also the combined Monza file holder with five successes complete.
But has the home team been established by the remarkable win for Ferrari at Belgium of Leclerc ?
Simon Lazenby and sky F1’s Martin Brundle assess that query and all the other big talking points going into the weekend in the movie above. Sunday’s race begins at 2.10pm reside merely on Sky Sports F1.
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