14 February 2020 13:18
Lewis Hamilton has intensified his rivalry with Max Verstappen by claiming the Dutchman has a major weakness after coming under fire from the Red Bull star. Mercedes launched their new W11 F1 car this morning as they begin their hunt for a seventh consecutive world title double. Verstappen is hoping to end the Silver Arrows' dominance this year by beating Hamilton to the Drivers' Championship. The pair were engaged in a brutal war of words in 2019 but they drew a truce following a private meeting in November. However, Verstappen could not hold his tongue for too long as he played down Hamilton's achievements ahead of the 2020 campaign.
"It's very car dependent, of course in F1" said Verstappen during a Red Bull media event in London. "At least when you can put the pressure on them, of course, it's a lot harder for the guy. "Lewis is very good, he is definitely one of the best, but he is not God. Maybe God is with him but he's not God." The German car manufacturer released some renderings of the challenger on Friday morning, with the car set to have its first shakedown test at a filming day at Silverstone. Mercedes will have an unchanged driver line-up this year, with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas remaining on board for the fourth season as teammates. The Brackley-based team had already revealed the tweaked livery of the W11 at a sponsorship event with new principal partner INEOS in London on Monday.
Mercedes is the last of the frontrunning teams to have launched its car, with both Ferrari and Red Bull having shown off their 2020 challengers earlier this week.