‘How do you fight fire?’: Lewis Hamilton met his match in red-hot F1 rival Max Verstappen, says David Coulthard… who lauds the new world champion for his fearless tactics during last year’s historic championship battle

Lewis Hamilton came unstuck in last year’s gripping F1 title race because he was ‘fighting fire’ against Max Verstappen, says former driver David Coulthard. ‘The way he (Verstappen) drives, the thing that I find most impressive…(if) there’s a gap, he goes for it. ‘I used to weigh up “should I risk it now, should I not risk it”, he just goes “I can see the biscuit”. Verstappen, who made his racing debut with Toro Rosso at just 17 years of age, has followed in the footsteps of his father Jos, a former F1 racer for Benetton and a Formula Three champion in his own career.

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