Hamilton reveals Verstappen motivation

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton has admitted he was determined not to lose to the youthful Max Verstappen at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Verstappen pushed Hamilton all the way in Suzuka at the weekend, with the Englishman just coming out on top to pull 59 points clear at the top of the Drivers’ Championship.

Hamilton has admitted he has a good rivalry with Verstappen and the 32-year-old was determined not to lose the chequered flag to the Dutch youngster.

He said: “I was driving down the back straight at one point and I’m thinking ‘Jeez, the guy behind me is so much younger than me, I’ve got make sure I kind of man up and show my age and make sure that I stay ahead. Show that I’m actually still very young at heart.'”