F1 fans are split over who is the fastest driver out of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen and Mercedes are willing to put it to the test by offering the Red Bull star an opportunity to race the six-time world champion on a level playing field.
Hamilton is on course to equal Michael Schumacher’s seven world titles this season.
The Brit has enjoyed the majority of his success at Mercedes while they have dominated for the last seven years.
If all of the cars were even then some supporters think Verstappen may be in with a chance of winning the Championship.
And the Dutchman would like to challenge Hamilton in the same car behind closed doors.
“I guess we’ll only find out if we swap cars once, both drivers, and then we can compare but I don’t know,” Verstappen said.
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“Of the difference between the cars if they actually have become faster in the race compared to qualifying.
“I don’t know. Maybe we can do like a private test day or something!”
Nothing was expected to come of the challenge but Mercedes have responded on social media.
“Max, just give us a call if you want to test a Mercedes,” the Silver arrows posted on Twitter.
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Verstappen is third in the standing behind the Mercedes pair of Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
There is no real pressure on the 21-year-old position, which can often be a trick situation to be in.
“What you’ve got to look at with the Red Bulls is, I think they’ve got a very good car,” said Hamilton.
“I think people downplay it, but they’ve got a very, very strong car, and Max is doing a great job with it. Unfortunately, both drivers aren’t there like me and Valtteri [Bottas] are there and that makes it harder for them.”
“I experienced it many years ago when I was at McLaren and I was the driver that was always at the front and didn’t have a team-mate backing up.
“So equally, you don’t get the Constructors’ points, but then you can’t play strategy on the cars that you’re racing against. So [Red Bull] have got that – [Max is] kind of there on his own.”
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