Former F1 Champion Claims Lewis Hamilton’s Move Against Max Verstappen a Statement of Intent

Published 07/21/2021, 5:46 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen fist bumps Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after sprint qualifying REUTERS/Peter Cziborra


Lewis Hamilton clinched his eighth British GP title after an aggressive driving display, overtaking drivers after drivers at Silverstone. The Briton secured his fourth win of the season in style after passing Charles Leclerc three laps before the checkered flag.

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After the wheel-to-wheel battle between Verstappen and Hamilton, the two arch-rivals collided at Copse. And the stewards awarded the Knight a 10s penalty, despite which Hamilton secured his first win after Spain GP this year.

The aggressiveness shown by the seven-time world champion, Hamilton, during the opening lap received mixed reactions, and one person impressed with it was 1994 world champion, Damon Hill.

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What did Damon Hill say?

Appearing on the F1 Nation podcast, Hill spoke about Hamilton’s driving during the British GP.

He said“I’ve never seen Lewis drive that aggressively. The only thing I can come up with is Barcelona with Nico Rosberg.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra.

“I do wonder whether it was something that happened the previous day in the sprint. It was a statement of intent, wasn’t it? It was Lewis saying, ‘listen, I’m a street fighter and if you’re going to get rough with me, I’m going to have to show you what I’ve got and he’s done that.”

Furthermore, Damon Hill claims the combativeness put in place by his compatriot has made a psychological dent in Max Verstappen.

“Psychologically, that has made a dent in Max. It has to. It’s made him realize Lewis, in a wheel-to-wheel battle, is not going to back down. That’s got to go down in the mental notebook,” added former champion.

Lewis Hamilton – MaxVerstappen rivalry reminds of Senna-Prost: Damon Hill

The title rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen is exactly what fans want to witness after seven years of dominance by the Silver Arrows.

Meanwhile, this year’s rivalry between the duo reminds Damon Hill of that of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna.

“The level and intensity of it reminded me of Senna and Prost and the way Senna used to terrorize Alain Prost.” said 1994 world champion Damon Hill in an interview with Talksport.

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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Emilio Morenatti.

“I think he (Lewis Hamilton) was doubly wound up to retrieve his position and they are fighting for a world championship. Max has never had a world championship and Lewis is trying to get his eighth, and he doesn’t want to miss out,” added Hill.

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With the kind of incident that took place in Silverstone, many expect their rivalry to reach another level of intensity as the season progresses. What do you think will happen in Hungary? Do we have another wheel-to-wheel battle on the cards?

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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