Hamilton says he learnt about Verstappen's driving while following him in Spain
The Brit was not just trying to get by him but learning about his rival too.
Lewis Hamilton had a good look at Max Verstappen in F1 Spanish GP, especially his driving style and how he uses the car to the maximum.
The technical controversy aside, Mercedes' Hamilton had a good hard look at his rival Verstappen, driving the Red Bull, from close quarters in F1 Spanish GP. The Dutchman passed in the first corner, with the Brit staying with him all-through.
This period, not only gave Hamilton, a peak into how Red Bull must be using the 'bendy wings', but also at Verstappen, as to how he uses his car to extract the maximum. The Brit was quite open about it too, post his victory after a strategic gamble.
"I’m continuing to love this battle we are having," said Hamilton. "I didn’t know whether we would be able to follow them as closely as we did in the end. Obviously, Turn 1, the start was not ideal and we are going to have to review it and see how we can do better in the future. But as soon as we got passed in Turn 1, I was like, ‘OK, switch into a different mode’. It was actually a really good day.
"I learned a lot about Max, perhaps more than all the other races put together. When you are with people on track you get to see different things and watch closely and obviously I was following relatively closely and I learned a lot about his car and how he uses it, so it was a good race in that respect," summed up Hamilton, who came through the field after falling over 20s behind Verstappen, using a two-stop strategy.
The Red Bull's rear wing is under scrutiny after rival discuss it in public over the Spanish GP weekend.
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