Max Verstappen does not believe that Lewis Hamilton is the most complete driver on the Formula 1 grid even though the Mercedes driver is the most successful driver the sport has seen.
Verstappen, who leads the Drivers' Championship for the first time in his F1 career, was asked whether Hamilton is the currently the most complete driver and Verstappen said no.
"Of course I don’t agree personally, but that’s fine, it’s my opinion," Verstappen told Sky Italia.
"For sure he has more experience, but that doesn’t mean he is a more complete driver. But that’s my opinion, nobody has to agree with that."
Verstappen has a four-point lead over Hamilton heading into this weekend's Azerbaijan GP and he is hoping Red Bull can continue to fight Mercedes each week for the win as the battle intensifies.
"We are close this year, but still we have to do a lot of things better to really fight for it," said Verstappen. "That’s what we are working on for the moment.
"I just hope it gets remembered as a very good year, a strong year. Of course I like to end up on top, but I’m also not someone who is dreaming a lot, I live in the moment.
"We have to be quick in the moment and we have to just keep working very hard for the rest of the year. Of course enough people are already working towards next year, but we have a good opportunity to do well this year, so we really need to give it everything."
Verstappen was also asked whether he was jealous of Hamilton's success as the Mercedes driver has the most wins, pole positions and joint-most world titles in F1.
"No, I'm not jealous of Lewis," said Verstappen. But I don’t have that with anyone. I’m very happy with who I am.
"I’m very lucky of course to be in F1 and have the life I’m having and I’m not jealous or whatever to someone else, or envy something.
"I’m happy that other people have good lives or do what they do, what they are good at or whatever. I just live my life."