Jos Verstappen believes that if his son had a strong partner, such as Hamilton, it would be easier for the two of them to fight Mercedes.
Jos Verstappen: “If Max had a strong team-mate in Imola, the race could have been different. If after the start someone put pressure on Hamilton and had a pit stop earlier, Lewis would have to answer him and also change tires earlier. In any case, there would be more opportunities.
Who will be Max’s partner? We all know these names. Elbon, Perez or Hulkenberg. Apparently, one of these three.
Max had to pit stop early to try to get ahead of Bottas by “undercutting”, but Valtteri answered him with a pit stop on the next lap, and Hamilton got the advantage of choosing a strategy – no one fought with him. If a strong team-mate Max could impose a fight on Lewis, things could have turned out differently. “