F1 Rivals Red Bull & Mercedes Cease Bad Blood as Uncharacteristic Picture Takes Over the Internet

Published 05/24/2022, 8:33 AM EDT

via Reuters

In recent years, the Mercedes vs Red Bull rivalry has taken center stage in Formula 1. F1 fans will forever remember the 2021 battle between the two teams and two drivers, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Team principals were also not kind to each other and pushed each other to their limits frequently.

However, their rivalry started a decade back. Of course, if you are two of the successful teams in F1, the battle is the headline among the media and fans. After clinching four titles in a row between 2010 and 2013, the Bulls were beaten by Mercedes in 2014. Subsequently, the Silver Arrows‘ dominance continued throughout those years.

Moreover, Christian Horner and Toto Wolff are not the closest of friends. In fact, last season both the team principals were intense and raised complaints and protests against the other team. A war of words and differences in opinions are a constant theme between the two.


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However, the same could not be said for the rest of the team members, especially Hamilton and Verstappen’s engineers. Peter Bonnington and Gianpiero Lambiase, popularly known as Bono and GP, shared a moment after the Spanish GP.

It is certainly good to see the two engineers bonding, especially after an intense race. Fans, of course, noticed this and took to Twitter to express the moment.

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These two engineers go back way back from their days in Jordan F1 in the early 2000s. GP worked with Daniil Kvyat in 2015 at Red Bull and subsequently Verstappen later. Meanwhile, Bono worked with Michael Schumacher in his Mercedes days and Hamilton, once he joined the Silver Arrows. Fans were pleased to see the two having a laugh after a tough race.

As this fan says, rivalries among teams do not go beyond the track.

The Spanish GP was not a straightforward race for both Hamilton and Verstappen. The Brit crashed with Magnussen early and wanted to retire the car.

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Subsequently, he finished 5th, while Verstappen had trouble with his DRS. In the end, he won the race and took the lead in the championship. This fan’s hilarious tweet caught attention on Twitter.


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Although rivalries are a part of the sport, it is always a pleasure to see these moments.



Rahul Madhavan

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Rahul Madhavan is a Formula 1 writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor's degree in business administration, he is pursuing his love for sports in the form of writing. Rahul is an avid McLaren fan, who also enjoys writing about soccer.