Newly-crowned Formula One world champion Max Verstappen says Lewis Hamilton should “look back at what he has achieved already… to just keep on going,” after a gala dinner at the FIA’s Paris headquarters.
Verstappen was speaking to the media after he was crowned as the 2021 Formula One world champion following a controversial ending in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last Sunday.
Earlier on Thursday, Mercedes chief Toto Wolff said that following the events of last Sunday, he could not guarantee whether Lewis Hamilton will continue in Formula One.
When these comments were put to Verstappen at the FIA Gala, the Dutchman said: “I can understand that the first few days after a race like that you’re not happy but you should also understand this is racing.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton are disillusioned and the driver will never get over what happened on the final lap in Abu Dhabi.
“I think he should just look back at what he has achieved already.
“That should give him a lot of comfort and should also be that drive to just keep on going because he is still trying to challenge for that eighth title and for sure he can do that again next year.
“So I don’t see any reason why to give up or stop now.”