Hamilton banking on experience in title race

29 September 2021 19:26:18 GMTPlus11
Lewis Hamilton hopes to "outsmart" his title rival

Lewis Hamilton hopes that his experience will help him to "outsmart" his Formula One drivers championship rival Max Verstappen over the course of the season.

Hamilton is 4/6 to win a record eighth drivers title this year but he leads 6/5 shot Verstappen by just two points going into next week's Turkish Grand Prix. The British star is 11/4 for victory at the Istanbul Park circuit.

Close battle in progress

As the standings show, the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers have been hard to separate this season and the pair crashed for the second time in five races at the Italian Grand Prix earlier this month.

That incident forced the title rivals to retire from the race at Monza but they finished first and second at the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi last time out as Hamilton took advantage of a late rainstorm to claim the 100th victory of his Formula One career.

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The 36-year-old says he has no problem with the 23-year-old Verstappen's approach to racing but believes that his 14 years of experience at the highest level could give him an edge in the remaining six races of the season.

Experience will count for plenty

Speaking to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Hamilton said: "I have also had times when I was too aggressive [and] I should have held back more.

"Now I am much more mature and I do hold back in certain situations when driving against Max. Otherwise, we would crash much more often.

"I try to outsmart him in another way. If I survive that corner, I might be able to beat him through strategy.

"That's experience and hopefully it will pay off at the end of the season. Max never gives up, but neither do I."

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