F1 CEO Predicts a Fascinating End to Verstappen-Hamilton Championship Rivalry

Published 10/04/2021, 10:07 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Nacho Doce


A core aspect behind the excitement surrounding the 2021 F1 season is the battle between two titans for the ultimate award. Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are a part of what has become an eccentric battle for the Championship trophy. Stefano Domenicali has been paying close attention to this battle and hopes that it goes down to the wire.

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Domenicali sat down with SkySports F1 to discuss his plans for the coming season and what the future holds for F1. However, one cannot look at the future without discussing the sport’s vigorous present. In discussing the title fight, the F1 CEO shared his exhilaration of watching the two drivers compete.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on the podium with champagne after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Seco

Domenicali hopes to see the two drivers spar “up to the last corner of the last Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi. That would be terrific.” With the way the season has progressed, Domenicali believes this is a likely occurrence.

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Knowing the impact of the battle on the fans, he also shared his views on the two drivers.“An incredible fight between two incredible drivers. One that has to achieve something that no one was able to achieve. For Max, it’s something unique for him to be really there to fight for the first title for him.”

The competition has been great because of what it means to both the drivers. While Hamilton will cement his place in the sport’s history with eight titles to his name, Max would be the one to rob him of the record, dethroning the driver dominating F1 for seven years.

2021 F1 rivalry goes beyond drivers

Although the tensions between the protagonists are high, it has also become a team game. “The teams are under pressure. No mistakes are possible. Reliability will play another factor; what do you want more for a championship?”

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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leads Mercedes’Lewis Hamilton at the start of the race REUTERS/Albert Gea

Further, Domenicali argued that although the Red Bull and Mercedes machines are on par this season, the drivers aren’t the only ones competing.

“All the details make the difference, so that’s the beauty. From one side, an incredible fight between two fantastic drivers, from the other side the big tension between two of the most important teams of our competition.”

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With seven chapters left in the championship’s incredible story, the victor will write history, no matter who it turns out to be.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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