Cape Town - Max Verstappen reckons Lewis Hamilton's public support of him shows that he too is a "racer."
Verstappen has been widely criticised of late with the Ferrari drivers and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff concerned that he is antics will result in a massive accident.
Even FIA race director Charlie Whiting stepped in at Monza where he had a chat with Verstappen and gave him a "gentle warning", according to team boss Christian Horner.
However, not everyone is against Verstappen.
"Give the guy a break," Hamilton said in Italy. "He is 18 years old, and what the frickin' heck were any of us doing at 18?
"He has won a grand prix, and the pressure on his young shoulders is something most people will not be able to comprehend. He is young and he is learning.
"I don't know what I would have been like at 18, but I would have made lots of mistakes."
Verstappen has welcomed the sport, saying it speaks to who Hamilton is out on track.
He told Sky Sports News HQ: "It's good. It shows that he is a racer as well."