Leading F1 Driver Predicts ‘Verstappen Will Take Hamilton Out’ at Hungarian GP

Published 07/31/2021, 5:21 AM EDT
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


The tension in the Max Verstappen – Lewis Hamilton has never been as high as it is right now. The Mercedes driver crashed into the Dutchman at Silverstone two weeks ago, and since then, their rivalry has started a new chapter.

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While many think that such an incident won’t occur again, but a certain driver on the grid thinks Verstappen will take out Hamilton at the Hungarian GP.

An F1 driver is predicting another Lewis Hamilton – Max Verstappen catastrophe

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On an episode of the podcast, F1: Chequered flag, Andrew Benson of BBC stated a prominent F1 driver on the grid feels that Verstappen will crash into the seven-time world champion this weekend.

He said, “What happens on Sunday with these two drivers? I know at least one driver, one leading driver in Formula One, who thinks Verstappen will take Hamilton out this weekend, if given the chance.”

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

Upon being asked to reveal who it is, he replied, “I can’t name names, I am afraid.”

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How are the two getting along after the incident at Silverstone?

Things are tense between the Mercedes and Red Bull camps. However, amidst the chaos, Hamilton did call Verstappen to clear out the air. But the Brit doesn’t think the respect is reciprocated.

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He said, “I did give Max a call just to check if he’s OK and let him know the respect is still there. Obviously he’s perhaps not reciprocated, but that’s OK.”

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after finishing first and second respectively in the sprint race qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

Nevertheless, both of them want to put this dark chapter of their rivalry behind them and focus on the upcoming race. Max would be looking to bounce back, whereas Britain’s Knight is hoping to grab another win for the Brackley-based squad this season.

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Do you see the Silverstone incident being replicated this season? Let us know your prediction for the upcoming battle in Budapest in the comments below.

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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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