Max Verstappen : Lewis Hamilton to have ‘awkward’ season with Mercedes

Triple world champion Max Verstappen believes that seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton will be uncomfortable in his last season with Mercedes.

The seven-time champion’s move to Ferrari leaves no one speechless. The Briton decided to leave the team with which he won six titles, and added to that the records in victories and pole positions.

After the team from Maranello signed Charles Leclerc to a multi-year contract and thus solved the issue of an extremely talented driver, they added an experienced seven-time champion.

Last year, Hamilton had long talks about extending his contract with the Silver Arrows. Even the managers had to get involved in the negotiations to resolve everything to the satisfaction of both parties.

When they managed to agree, it was initially announced that the deal was signed for two seasons, until the end of 2025 to be exact, but it was not made public that a clause was entered into the contract.

Hamilton decided to trigger that clause and sign a multi-year contract with Ferrari. The seven-time champion has not won two years in a row, and is clearly looking for a return to the top.

On February 1, the Briton and Ferrari announced that they would join forces by 2025 and thus realize a fairy tale that seemed like it would never be told. Although this signing is very exciting for Formula 1, Verstappen predicts that his biggest rival in 2021 will have a complicated year ahead, where he will experience the team withholding information from him for the first time.

“To announce something so big so early in the season, it’s clear that the rest of the year will be uncomfortable. Although they have had a lot of success together as a team, it cannot be included in everything now,” said Verstappen at the official presentation of the RB20, according to The West Australian.

“It’s clear he has a great relationship with everyone, especially Toto. But he knows that at some point they will tell him that they are sorry,” explains the current champion.

“They’ve had so much success together, but he can’t be at some of the meetings anymore. It’s normal in Formula 1, probably something strange, but he’s professional enough to deal with it,” added the Red Bull driver.