In last season’s entire duel last year, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen fought an exceptional fight. But sometimes both have exceeded the limits. An intense rivalry that has lost flavor this season with the difficulties of Mercedes. But Verstappen remains convinced that Lewis Hamilton and his team can reverse the trend and return to the top.
And if the rivalry between Max Verstappen i Lewis Hamilton start again? Last year, the two clashed throughout the season, culminating in the collision in Silverstone on Lewis Hamilton he was saved by the halo. His rivalry has even been on the verge of being reasonable many times. In the end, it all ended in apotheosis with an exceptional championship final that was decided in the last lap of the final Grand Prix. Max Verstappen he emerged victorious from this duel.
Lewis Hamilton is no longer in the same category
A few months later, things changed a lot. Max Verstappen continues to lead the championship, well ahead Lewis Hamilton, but author of an impressive rise. With three podiums in the last three races, the driver mercedes he fought and made up for a small part of his delay with the Dutch. Because this season the two no longer play on the same court. Guided by the new rules, mercedes could not improve his car when Red Bull it remains just as effective. So on the track, the atmosphere dropped a tone in between Verstappen i Hamilton.
A reduced rivalry that still exists
Still, they continue to send a few spikes for statements filed. After the Silverstone Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton he had pointed out Verstappen congratulatory Charles Leclerc : ” Charles did a great job, what a great battle! He’s a very reasonable driver, clearly very different from what I experienced last year. At Copse, for example, we both passed without any problems A statement that obviously refers to the famous accident of Silverstone between the two tenors last season. “ I think it’s pretty good that at 37 you can still learn to grab the rope. He learns, so he is positive “, Max Verstappen replied in the statements broadcast by motorsport.com.
📊 Lewis Hamilton now has 186 podiums in # F1! It is the same number of podiums accumulated with Alain Prost (106) and Ayrton Senna (80) 😳 pic.twitter.com/rMGFjYPqPP
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“They are better than at the beginning of the year”
But still mercedes is fighting this season, Max Verstappen believes in a flashback to the German team and a return to rivalry with Lewis Hamilton. ” Last year’s conflict was not necessarily between the drivers, but between the teams. Of course, we’re not struggling with Mercedes right now. I think it will be different if we fight again. Maybe at the end of the season. We will see. They are better than at the beginning of the year but they just need a little more. They’re not bad in a single lap, but in Sunday’s race you saw that we quickly moved away from them. I think it also has to do with the different circuits. At Silverstone, they were very fast in the race. The same goes for us and Ferrari. It is the details that can make the difference in the end “, explains the Dutch pilot in a statement broadcast by The Express.