Lewis Hamilton has advised Max Verstappen to “keep doing what you’re doing”, as the Dutchman is currently unstoppable.
Verstappen is rapidly closing in on Hamilton’s records courtesy of his dominance, with the Red Bull driver having won 34 times since the start of 2022 alone.
He sits third on the all-time winners list on 54 career F1 victories, meaning he’s halfway to surpassing Hamilton’s 103.
Most expect Verstappen to cruise to a fourth consecutive title this year, which would put him just three adrift of the Mercedes driver.
There is a genuine growing belief that the 26-year-old can reach seven Drivers’ Championships, something he could achieve in 2027 at the earliest.
In order to keep winning, Hamilton thinks Verstappen just needs to keep doing what he currently is, as it’s clearly working.
“Keep doing what you’re doing, I would say,“ Hamilton told Formule1.nl. “He’s doing great.”
Whilst Verstappen is in a complete league of his own currently, Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are viewed alongside him as the strongest drivers currently on the grid.
Hamilton hasn’t won a race since the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix but remains “hugely driven”, something the 39-year-old believes is the case for every driver.
The difference that puts himself, Verstappen and Alonso on a different level though, is that they will “go to extremes” for glory.
Hamilton views them all as “hugely competitive” on the race track, although he’s not sure if they are quite so similar away from it.
“I think not only us, but all drivers in Formula 1 are hugely driven. Just for different reasons,” Hamilton said.
“Different upbringing, different opportunities, different challenges. But I see a lot of similarities with all these drivers and also with younger drivers from Formula 2 and Formula 3, for example.
“I think Max and Fernando have one thing in common with me: all three of us are hugely competitive.
“We go to extremes to achieve what we want. What else they are like as people, I can’t say much about that.
“I only know them from the Formula 1 world, it’s not like I visit them, for example.”