Lewis Hamilton Draws Parallel Between His F1 Rivalries With Verstappen & Rosberg

Published 08/26/2021, 10:42 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Fueling the expectations heading to Spa is the championship battle. Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have taken over the season with the commotion caused by both teams and their drivers. Currently, 8 points ahead of his contender, Hamilton comments on what’s left to come in the second half of the season.

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Verstappen has been the only driver since Rosberg to rattle Hamilton’s position. After Silverstone, war was declared and things may have reached Hamilton-Rosberg level. While Verstappen refuses to be compared to Rosberg, Hamilton mused the idea.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and second place finisher and World Drivers Champion Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP on the podium during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

In the post-race press conference, Hamilton said that the only similarity between the two battles is how hard he pushes himself and his car. ” The two battles, however, are different in terms of relations with the team: in one situation you have to relate only to one part of the team, in the other you all travel on the same side; and it’s a much better dynamic, a more enjoyable ride.”

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Hamilton’s support in the team is the only positive taken from the situation. However, Hamilton has mentioned enjoying the challenge.

Long battle to the end for Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton said he has nothing new to offer in the second half. The fight has been as tough as ever. ” I’m no more cautious than I was at the beginning of the year. We knew how strong Red Bull would be in the first part of the season – we saw their speed and competitiveness and over the course of the year they got stronger and stronger.”

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Nonetheless, he isn’t willing to let the difficulties deter him. Hamilton believes Mercedes will bounce back as they always have. “We have had a bit of difficulty but we have returned to perform as we have done in the past.”

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

The entertaining duels are far from over. The Brit, too, believes the title battle will boil down to the race in Abu Dhabi. Also in this second half of the season we will be close: so far it has been one of my most complicated seasons and I expect it will be the same from now on. On the contrary, I believe that the battle will be even tougher”

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While no one is complaining about an extended battle, we can only hope that the rivalry retains a certain amount of respect between the two drivers.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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