Red Bull’s Max Verstappen insists lapping bitter rival Lewis Hamilton at the Emilia Romagna GP was ‘not anything exciting’ – and he admits huge gap between them is due to ‘slow’ Mercedes

Max Verstappen has insisted he took no joy in humiliating Lewis Hamilton at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix by lapping his struggling rival during the race. Verstappen took full advantage of his bitter title rival from last season and his struggles at Imola by overtaking him late in the race to go a whole lap clear of the Brit. ‘Mercedes has been slow all year, so for me it’s not anything exciting, it just happens,’ Verstappen said when he was asked to reflect on lapping Hamilton. ‘But when you have a weekend at the end like this, that’s incredible: a one-two for the team but also maximum points scored.

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