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Current F1 world champion, Max Verstappen, lapped rival Lewis Hamilton at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix last weekend and his father Jos Verstappen has admitted that he enjoyed watching it happen.

The rivalry between Verstappen and Hamilton has been a hot topic in headlines over the last few years, especially after the controversial end of the 2021 season.

After claiming he was coming back in “attack mode” to win his F1 world champion title back, Lewis Hamilton has had a difficult start to the 2022 season with many issues with the new Mercedes. The main issue that has seen the title become most likely out of reach is the car's porpoising which is meaning the team is having to compromise in other areas of performance to reduce the risk of injury and damage. Verstappen has also had a dramatic start to the year but despite this, has won every race he was able to finish in his seemingly unreliable Red Bull car.

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Verstappen had a fantastic weekend last week at Imola where he finished P1 with Hamilton coming in at P13 after he was lapped by the Belgian Driver. His father has said he was extremely happy to watch.

Jos Verstappen said:

“Max had an excellent weekend in Imola.

“I found him incredibly strong. He didn’t make a single mistake, was solid and completely in control.

“Red Bull clearly made a step in the right direction. Of course, we knew the car would get an upgrade in Italy, but with the weather conditions, it was hard to make a comparison.

"But we can definitely conclude that we’ve become stronger.”

Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, has said that the upgrades made to the Mercedes W13 for the upcoming race at Miami will reduce the porpoising and will hopefully mean the car will be able to reach its full potential. However, with Hamilton’s team-mate, George Russell, managing to extract more performance out of the car's current setup, a lot of fans are questioning which driver will benefit the most from these changes.