Max Verstappen at Mercedes could cause Lewis Hamilton title problem – Ocon EXCLUSIVE

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Max Verstappen at Mercedes could cause Lewis Hamilton title problem – Ocon EXCLUSIVE

Max Verstappen has been Lewis Hamilton’s closest challenger for the last couple of years but his Red Bull does not have the capability to defeat the Mercedes on a regular basis.

Hamilton is on course to tie Michael Schumacher’s world records with his seventh title at the Eifel Grand Prix this afternoon.

The Brit has dominated most races this season and is 44 points clear of team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Verstappen is a further 33 points behind and his title hopes are all-but over.

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There are many F1 pundits who think the Dutchman will be Hamilton’s successor and could match him for pace if they had the same car.

Renault DP World F1 Team driver Esteban Ocon knows both stars well, especially as he was Hamilton’s understudy at Mercedes last year, and he thinks it would be a close battle.

Ocon is fighting his own battles as he looks to close the gap on Renault team-mate Daniel Ricciardo at the Nurburgring circuit this afternoon.

The German track was last on the F1 schedule in 2013, before Ocon started racing in motorsport’s premier event.

However, the 24-year-old has had previous success on the course, which gives him confidence.

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“I have raced in 2012 and 2014 but not in Formula 1,” Ocon reflected. “It was cool.

“It was great, I had a podium in Formula 3 in my winning Championship year so that was good.

“It is an old school track so I think it will be an interesting race.

“I think with everything that is expected this weekend in terms of weather, rain… I think there is going to be opportunities.

“We have seen a lot of things happening this year with normal conditions so with conditions that extreme I think it is going to mix the field up.

“Points are going to be up for grabs for sure and we are going to try and maximise our potential.”

Esteban Ocon was talking to Express Sport thanks to team sponsor, DP World. Check them out at dpworld.com.


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