“And I think also we are fighting a very well-respected competitor in terms of Ferrari. The way they go about, the way we are fighting, when they win the race, we can go to them and say, ‘well done’ and when we win a race, they can say ‘well done’. And I really respect that.”
Despite their bitter feud on the track, Verstappen still respects his Mercedes rival.
“People have told me he doesn’t use my name,” Verstappen said. “I was always taught that you have to respect what people have achieved in sport.
“I have no problem with what Lewis has achieved. He is one of the best ever. I know it is not only the car he has been driving. That helps.
“We all know that, but you still have to beat your team-mate and Lewis has done that consistently. I think you have to acknowledge the person has done an amazing job as well.”