Max Verstappen’s father reveals enjoyment at his son lapping arch-rival Lewis Hamilton on his way to winning the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola

Max Verstappen’s father Jos has revelled in his son lapping arch-rival Lewis Hamilton during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, claiming he ‘enjoyed’ seeing it ‘after everything that happened last year’. The pair went head-to-head for the F1 championship last season, with Red Bull’s Verstappen pipping Hamilton to the title by winning in controversial fashion in the final race of the campaign in Abu Dhabi. ‘Honestly, I did enjoy seeing Max lap Hamilton after everything that happened last year,’ Jos Verstappen wrote in his column on his son’s official website. ‘It’s not often you have the opportunity to lap a Mercedes.’. Max Verstappen claimed lapping Hamilton, who finished 13th, at the start of lap 41 of the race was not ‘anything exciting’ for him owing to Mercedes’ well-documented issues during the opening phase of the season. ‘In Italy, Max and Red Bull put Ferrari under pressure, and when under pressure, it’s easy to make a mistake.

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