Max Verstappen would have to strip back his interest in motorsport to have a similar like to Lewis Hamilton with the Red Bull driver admitting racing is his biggest hobby. The 22-year-old is widely expected to follow in Hamilton’s footsteps one day by securing World Drivers’ Championship glory.
The duo will battle it out for honours over the course of the coming season, with the chance to replace Sebastian Vettel as F1’s youngest ever title-winner an added lure for Verstappen.
Hamilton will keep busy between races by indulging in his off-track passions in the worlds of fashion and music, as well as running his business interests and being proactive in his environmentalism.
Verstappen has now opened up on whether he could copy by diversifying his interests now that his career in F1 is secure.
However, he has admitted racing remains his main focus as he gets set for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 15.
Asked if he’s looking into doing more things outside of F1 now than he was when first started out, Verstappen said: “Slowly.
But it depends on what your hobbies are. Mine are always in racing. So in that respect I am staying mostly in the same world.”
Verstappen has shown steady progress over the past couple of years and Red Bull are hopeful their new RB16 car will be good enough to challenge for the drivers’ championship this year.
The Dutchman is not resting on his laurels and wants to get even better as he seeks to end Hamilton and Mercedes’ reign at the top of the standings.
“I do not do that a lot, as I am always trying to improve,” Verstappen said. “Formula 1 is the thing I have always wanted to achieve, that was the goal.
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“So I want to make the best of it. I do not like to dwell on it too much. It is great what has happened already, but if you only enjoy it, you are not going to perform.”
Verstappen is set to be roared on by swathes of Dutch fans at every race this season and will drive in Holland when the Grand Prix takes place at Zandvoort in May.
The former Scuderia Toro ace is glad of the support and said: “First of all, I think they like the sport, the speed of a Formula 1 car is great.
“And the Dutch support their sportsman anyway. That is true for everything in which Dutch people compete. It is great that so many people come along.”
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