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Max Verstappen

Former Ferrari driver picks side in Hamilton-Verstappen debate

Although Gerhard Berger is a fan of Max Verstappen, he believes it's a bit premature to compare the Dutchman to Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton Verstappen
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Gerhard Berger is the latest name to get involved in the ongoing Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen debate, with the former Ferrari and Benetton driver siding with the reigning world champion.

Christian Horner added fuel to the fire by telling RacingNews365.com that George Russell's performance while stepping in for Hamilton last season showed Verstappen was better, which naturally led to a response from Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff.

Berger has given his thoughts on the discussion as well, stating Hamilton is the more complete driver compared to Verstappen.

"They are great drivers, but Lewis is more competitive and complete at the moment," Berger told Autosprint. "Hamilton knows how to read the race and every lap of his is faster than his car is actually capable of. Hamilton feels his tyres as if they were his feet. That's why he is always stronger during the crucial moments of a race.

"For example, he always has his tyres in order before and after a pit stop, which makes him faster than the rest of the field. It's fantastic to see, he is just like [Ayrton] Senna and [Michael] Schumacher in that."

Berger doesn't even believe Verstappen should be compared to Hamilton, picking out Charles Leclerc as a better benchmark for the Dutchman.

"It makes more sense to compare Leclerc and Verstappen," Berger added. "There is the same difference between them as between Senna and [Alain] Prost. Leclerc is less emotional and calmer.

"Verstappen is much more aggressive, like Senna was. Still, you can't say who is the better one because they both have a different approach."


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