F1: Hamilton v Verstappen in numbers
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Max Verstappen says his only wish of the British Grand Prix is to have a strong battle with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. The Red Bull star is looking to extend his 32-point lead over Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship.
And he will have the best chance possible given he will start the Grand Prix from pole position.
Hamilton was slow out of the blocks during Saturday’s sprint race and that allowed Verstappen the opportunity to burst into the lead before the opening corner.
The 23-year-old did not look back thereafter as he sprinted to the chequered flag.
“All I want is a good battle with Lewis,” Verstappen said after securing pole position.
He added: “Around here it’s difficult to pass but we had a good start and then we tried to do our own pace.
“You could see we were pushing each other hard, because at the end of the race the tyres were blistering a lot. We had to manage that to the end.
“In the end I’m happy to add the three points – it sounds a bit funny to hear you scored a pole position!
“And it should be a really exciting battle tomorrow.”
Hamilton crossed the finish line in second place and he was bitterly disappointed to once again find himself behind Red Bull.
“I gave it everything today,” he said. “I have to give a lot of love to all these fans, I can’t tell you the energy that I’m getting from everyone, the support means everything.
“I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get the win in the Sprint, but tomorrow we try again.
“I hit the target on my start, it’s just not good when you lose from P1. We’ll try to turn the negative into a positive tomorrow.
“Every point counts, but I’m grateful to have finished. Tomorrow we’ll fight again, but they’re just so strong, in the race he was pulling away. There was nothing I could do to hold onto him.
“We really have to try and be in front somehow. I wish we could re-do the start again, but luckily we have it again tomorrow.
“I don’t know how it was to watch for the fans. I think this weekend’s been awesome in terms of yesterday, it was such a fun day to have qualifying on a Friday – way more enjoyable.
“I don’t know whether that was the most exciting race or not, but we should do more like that, maybe a different version of it, in future because this makes the weekend more enjoyable I think.”
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