Pre-season title hopeful Max Verstappen starts Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix down in seventh after disappointing in qualifying.
Hamilton is not taking anything for granted, however, and that’s why he continues to push Mercedes to improve.
“We are performing at the absolute maximum of our capabilities, we’re really right on the ragged edge,” Hamilton said. “Yes we’ve got a fast car but we’re on the ragged edge of that and we’re throwing that thing round. We’d like to believe that anyone else can do it so that’s what we’re going to continue to do.
“It’s very close between us. The great thing about Valtteri and I as team partners, we really help push the team together in the same direction. Valtteri is not asking for one thing and I’m asking for another; there’s great harmony within the team because of the respect that we have and that just adds a bonus to our working environment.”
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