Max Verstappen has stated that he is willing to swap cars with Lewis Hamilton to prove that he is the quicker driver.
Verstappen was responding to comments that Hamilton made in Baku, and has now reiterated on Sunday at the French GP, that Red Bull have the better car. After Azerbaijan, Verstappen told reporters that he would be two-tenths of a second faster than Hamilton in the same machinery.
“It was just a counter because he keeps saying the Red Bull is faster than his car, so I’m like ‘I’m happy to swap and we’ll see the difference’,” Verstappen said of his post-race comments to Crash.net.
“It’s just a bit of talk from both sides, which is fine. You have to believe in your own capabilities and I do believe I’m the fastest, but he also believes he’s the fastest."
Verstappen leads the championship by 12 points following his brilliant victory at Paul Ricard going into this weekend's Styrian GP. It's something the Red Bull driver rarely thinks about when he is away from the race track.
“To be honest I don’t think about it too much,” said Verstappen. “People keep telling me that I am [in the lead], and I know that I am, but when I’m at home I’m not thinking about that.
“I just want to go to the next race and try to win again. I know that’s not always possible, but of course we try as a team every single weekend to get the best out of it.”