F1 Pundit Expects Lewis Hamilton To ‘Grumble’ on the Radio in Fear of Verstappen

Published 02/28/2021, 8:21 AM EST
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – Second placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on in parc ferme during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Dutch racing driver and F1 pundit Tom Coronel has made statements ahead of the 2021 Formula One season. He has made comments that suggest that Hamilton is terrified by his opponent, Max Verstappen, and will be regularly complaining about him on Team Radio in 2021.

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In recent years, Hamilton and Verstappen have driven each other to the edge on the circuit. The Dutchman is still behind the Brit, but he keeps breathing down his neck. Verstappen finished third in the driver’s title, while Hamilton claimed his seventh championship.

Furthermore, when the track reopens for next season1, the two will have a go at each other again. The Mercedes’s number 44 is trying to look for his eight while Red Bull’s prodigy is looking to deter him from doing so.

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FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason/Pool/File Photo

Lewis Hamilton won’t stop whining on the radio when he sees Max in his mirrors

Coronel said, “I’m not saying Max will be champion, but we’re going to hear Hamilton grumbling a lot about the on-board radio. He always does that when someone gasps in his neck. Hamilton has had it way too easy in recent years.”

He added, “Red Bull is only getting closer to Mercedes, the difference simply cannot be greater than last year. Honda goes all-in . If they don’t succeed this year, it will never work again.” (translated via Google)

ISTANBUL, TURKEY: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates winning a 7th F1 World Drivers Championship on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

The Knight might complain if he thinks that there is someone out there who can pose a threat to his dominance on the gird. The Dutchman is certainly a driver that is capable to defeat the seven-time champion and possibly ending his reign.

The Bulls might charge towards the Silver Arrows

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The 2020 season saw the Milton-Keynes-based outfit the closest they have been to Mercedes in years. Red Bull came 2nd while the team from Brackley took home the constructor’s championship.

Hence, to catch the Silver Arrows the team brought in Sergio Perez and partner him up with Max Verstappen on the grid for the new year. The team believes that with such a talented line up they might defeat Mercedes on the track and claim the championship.

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 on track during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Styria at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Mercedes stick to their guns and will place the usual lineup, Bottas and Hamilton as they carry on to dominate the grid once again for the upcoming campaign. The two clash ahead in Bahrain once the lights go off on the 28th of March.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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