Mercedes boss Hubert Haupt wants Hamilton to lose to Verstappen

That’s not very on-message! Mercedes chief Hubert Haupt – who competes in German touring championship DTM – says he wants Lewis Hamilton to LOSE F1 World Championship to Max Verstappen for the good of the sport

  • Lewis Hamilton has won the last seven Formula One World Championships
  • But the Mercedes man has every right to fear that an eighth title is slipping away
  • Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is 12 points clear of the Brit with five races to go 
  • Mercedes boss Hubert Haupt says someone other than Hamilton should win

Mercedes DTM boss Hubert Haupt wants Max Verstappen to win the Formula One World Championship over Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen is leading Mercedes driver Hamilton by 12 points with just five races to go and if he can maintain his lead to win the title, it would end the Brit’s dominance and make his wait for an eighth title go on.

And Haupt – who competes in the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) championship with three Mercedes cars – believes ‘it’s time’ for someone other than Hamilton to become world champion. 

Hubert Haupt wants Max Verstappen (right) to win the F1 title over Lewis Hamilton (left)

The Mercedes boss competes in the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) championship

It will be Red Bull’s first title since 2013 and Haupt hopes Verstappen would manage it as it would be ‘huge’ for the team. 

‘I think it’s time for someone other than (Lewis) Hamilton to become world champion,’ Haput told Sport1.

‘In terms of Formula 1, it would be huge for Red Bull to win the title, so I hope Verstappen manages it.

Hamilton won the championship last year in Turkey and is now targeting an eighth crown

‘There are still a few more circuits that suit Mercedes, but if Max scores well in the next two races, he will have the nerve to hang onto it.’

Hamilton’s battle with Verstappen will reconvene with three successive races in Mexico, Brazil and Qatar ahead of two back-to-back rounds in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.

The title-deciding battlegrounds, Mexico and Brazil in particular, are expected to suit Verstappen’s Red Bull machinery. 

The Red Bull racer (left) was too strong for Hamilton (right), pipping him to the win at the US GP

The Dutchman won in Mexico City in back-to-back seasons in 2017 and 2018 and was victorious in Brazil in 2019.

But Hamilton also has a knack for winning on the Mexican track and was victorious the last time Formula One was in Mexico in 2019. 

Verstappen is relaxed about the final stretch into a potential title, telling the New York Times: ‘Sometimes people take F1 too seriously, like it’s a life-or-death situation.

‘[Drivers think] ‘if I don’t make it to F1, my life is over,’ or something like that. For me, that was never the case and never will be.

‘I’m very happy that I am in F1 now, but even if I wasn’t, I would still do something else – racing-related stuff to have fun, to have a good time.

The Dutchman has history in Mexico City, winning in back-to-back seasons in 2017 and 2018

But Hamilton won on the Mexican track the last time Formula One was in Mexico in 2019

‘I know that if my car is fast enough until the end of the season, I will win the championship.

‘But if it’s not, then we probably won’t win it. At the end of the day, it’s not going to change my world.

‘Of course the goal, the dream is always to win the championship, but you need to have a bit of luck, you need to have the right car for it to be at the right time of the season or across the whole season.

‘It’s a dream from when I was a little kid together with my dad [former F1 driver Jos], to get to F1 in the first place and then trying to fight for a title.

‘For sure, it would mean a lot if we can win it.’

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