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Lewis Hamilton

Hill: Hamilton needed Verstappen title challenge

Lewis Hamilton has won three races this season so far, against the single victory for his main title rival Max Verstappen. Former F1 driver Damon Hill has said that the champion has been waiting for a true challenger for some time.

Hamilton Emilia Romagna GP
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Lewis Hamilton took his third win of the 2021 Formula 1 season last weekend at the Spanish Grand Prix, overtaking Max Verstappen for the lead after a bold strategy call by Mercedes to pit for a second time.

The dual between Verstappen and Hamilton is set to continue for the rest of the season, but despite early worries at testing and the season opener in Bahrain, the world champion has looked better than ever this year.

With Red Bull at their most competitive in years, Hamilton has had to work hard for his wins, and former F1 driver Damon Hill told the F1 Nation podcast that the challenge was driving him on to his best form ever.

"It's like the Goliath story, he stands there beating his chest saying 'who is going to tackle me, who is going to take me on'," he said.

"The great champions need someone they can spar with, someone they can actually measure themselves against. Max has obviously been much exalted and praised and I think Jensen (Button) in our coverage on Sky did say that he thought Max was more naturally talented

"I think all these things just give Lewis more satisfaction when he prevails. I think Lewis has been on tick over for a long time and it's been easy, and that's why he hasn't gotten the recognition he deserves.

"This year Max has taken the challenge, but he's also shown that it's not as easy as it looks when you get to the sharp end."


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