The champion traits that Hamilton will draw on in Mercedes’ sternest test
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The champion traits that Hamilton will draw on in Mercedes’ sternest test

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Lewis Hamilton has swept all before him in recent seasons, becoming F1’s most successful driver ever. Building himself into the ultimate grand prix winning machine wasn’t the work of a moment, and the traits he has picked up along the way will prove crucial in his 2021 battle with Max Verstappen, as BEN ANDERSON explains

This might be the toughest test Lewis Hamilton has faced in Formula 1 for some time. How to win a fifth consecutive world championship, which would make a record eight in total, against a resurgent Red Bull team resolutely focused on denying him the satisfaction?

Max Verstappen is super quick, hungry and bang in form. The RB16B is fast, consistent, reliable – exactly the sort of tool Verstappen has longed for. Conversely, Mercedes’ W12 sometimes looks a bit wayward, unstable and difficult to tame. Certainly, it’s nowhere near as dominant as its predecessor.

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