Max Verstappen won his second title in a row at the Japanese Grand Prix. His main competitor in winning the first, Lewis Hamilton, congratulated him and hopes to have a competitive car to fight him again next year.
The seven-time world champion congratulated Max Verstappen on his second title, but the Briton is already thinking about the Silver Arrows to sort things out and get back to the top.
“Congratulations to Max,” the Mercedes driver told Sky after the Japanese GP.
“We know what the problems are with this car. I believe in us as a team, we have not become world champions incapable of making a good car,” he explains.
The older British driver of the German team is confident in Mercedes and assures that their car will be better next year.
“Will we solve all the problems we faced this year? We’ll find out when we get to the end of the season. I have no doubt that next year we will have a better car,” he points out .
At the Japanese Grand Prix, Hamilton was happy to be able to drive in the rain, although he admits the difficulties that came with it.
“Conditions for a new start? They were amazing. That’s what running races are like. I had a great time. It was very difficult to see and very difficult because the car was skidding,” he assures.
The Briton was involved in a fierce battle with Esteban Ocon for the fourth position, which went to the Alpine driver as Hamilton failed to pass him.
“I’m not frustrated. It was a race of speed. I’m happy that we got the points. We were very slow on the straight… As soon as I got out of DRS, they were able to get away,” concluded Hamilton.