2018 F1

Hamilton leaves Verstappen ‘perplexed’

Max Verstappen says Lewis Hamilton’s off-track behaviour often leaves him “perplexed”.

The Red Bull driver told De Telegraaf newspaper that over the course of the last year, he began using social media less and less.

“I don’t follow many drivers on social media,” Verstappen revealed.

“I follow Daniel (Ricciardo). And Lewis. And Pierre (Gasly) because he’s a nice guy.

“When I see what Lewis does in his free time, I’m sometimes really perplexed. He does so much! It’s his life and he wins races and championships so it’s fine. You can hardly say it doesn’t work for him,” he added.

Verstappen is quoted by Turun Sanomat as saying that after a bad start to the season, he now doesn’t want 2017 to end.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race but I’m in really good shape at the moment. I’d prefer to just keep racing and racing,” said the Dutchman.

Verstappen can challenge Hamilton for 2018

Former Benetton and Renault chief Flavio Briatore believes that Max Verstappen can go wheel-to-wheel with Mercedes driver Hamilton if Red Bull give him a competitive car for the job.

“For me, Verstappen is very nice news for F1,” Briatore told Express Sport, when asked if Verstappen can reach Hamilton’s level.

“Formula One needed a driver like Max Verstappen. Next year, if the car is competitive, maybe he’ll be up there.

“But Mercedes is too strong.”

Verstappen, Hamilton and co. will wrap up the 2017 season at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit on Sunday November 26.

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