Daniel Ricciardo’s theory on why Lewis Hamilton approached Max Verstappen in Canada
Lewis Hamilton, the Mercedes driver, made a candid admission to Max Verstappen in the cool-down room after the Canadian Grand Prix, acknowledging that the Mercedes W14 “sucks” in low-speed corners. Daniel Ricciardo, who serves as a third driver for Red Bull in the 2023 Formula 1 season, believes that Hamilton’s intention was to catch Verstappen off guard and extract valuable information from him.
The Canadian Grand Prix was a critical test for Hamilton and the Mercedes team, as they aimed to demonstrate that their improved performance at the Spanish GP was not a one-time occurrence. In Canada, Mercedes achieved a double podium finish, although Hamilton slipped down to P3. Nevertheless, the gap to Verstappen, who secured his fourth consecutive victory, was notably reduced.