Is Lewis Hamilton Afraid of Max Verstappen? – “Knows He Will Be Defeated”

Published 02/07/2021, 1:30 AM EST
FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo


A driver pairing of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in the same team would really be something, wouldn’t it?

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But as dreamy as that would sound, chances are it may never materialize whilst they are in F1.

Seemingly, though, Hamilton may not exactly be excited at the idea of the Dutchman racing alongside him. That is the opinion of former racing driver Tom Coronel, who also believes the seven-time F1 champion sees Verstappen as the only driver that ‘frightens’ him.

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Coronel stated, “Lewis is only afraid of Verstappen. He is the only driver who frightens him. Max is the only one who can dethrone him and Lewis is well aware of that.” (translated via Google Translate)

Lewis Hamilton knows Max Verstappen will eventually ‘dethrone’ him, said Coronel

“He knows it won’t be Ricciardo or Bottas who will hurt him. Max and Lewis are by far the best drivers in Formula 1 at the moment, so I understand 100% he wants a veto.”

In different machinery so far, Hamilton has gotten the better of Verstappen in terms of both race wins and titles. However, those numbers could easily change hands if the Red Bull driver were to make the switch to Mercedes.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race on the podium Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

Coronel continued, “Of course we say that Max is going to dethrone him, but that has not happened yet. Max is in Lewis’s head and that is dangerous for a driver. Now has it.

“He has the advantage of the best car, but you don’t have that in one team. Lewis knows he will be defeated by Max, that he will eventually dethrone him.”

Hamilton could retire after winning the eighth F1 championship title

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With a proposed new two-year deal, the 36-year-old will get a great opportunity to seal that all-important eighth Drivers’ title and make his mark in history. The Mercedes driver after all has for long been an icon of the sport, and would want to also retire the right way.

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

In doing so, that would give the young guns like Verstappen and Leclerc to battle it out for the championship. The former, in particular, has been contending for top three for some time now and would want to take the next gigantic step to becoming a titleholder.

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Therefore, nobody knows what the future of both these drivers hold. But there is a growing sense of realization that a Hamilton-Verstappen duo at Mercedes might no longer be a likely possibility.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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