Lewis Hamilton’s Ex-Mentor Explains Why He Will Lose to Max Verstappen

Published 09/24/2021, 4:42 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton before the race Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


The title rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen has arguably been the most interesting factor to keep an eye on through the course of this season. And both the title contenders have spent a fair share of time leading the table, with Verstappen in control at the moment.

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Hence, despite the battle looking pretty much tied, former McLaren boss, Ron Dennis, is backing Verstappen to lift the championship title this season. Of course, one can acknowledge Dennis’ faith in the Dutchman winning the title.

Verstappen, despite suffering 3 DNFs and a rather damaged Hungarian GP, is still leading the championship by 5 points against Hamilton, thanks to the powerful Red Bull machine in hand. Therefore, Dennis is certain that this trend will continue until the end of this season.

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What did the ex-McLaren boss say?

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, the Briton lauded Red Bull’s efforts this season, reckoning Verstappen has a formidable car in hand which could make him secure the title fair and square.

I have a tremendous respect for the technologists at Red Bull. And I think Honda have stabilised their engine performance very well,” he said. “So I think it’s going to be Verstappen. If it’s not, it will be not because they lack performance but because they make mistakes.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on the podium with champagne after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Seco

The question is, in what circumstances are these mistakes going to be made? It’s going to be a very colourful end of season. But, I would probably back Verstappen,” Dennis concluded.

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Formula 1 has been craving for such a battle for years, after having to watch one-sided battles since 2014. 2016 was the only season that had a rivalry, which too, was restricted to Mercedes. It was more of an intra-team duel.

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Hence, there were moments where team orders forced Hamilton and his friend-turned-rival, Nico Rosberg to back off on several occasions. And the moment Rosberg called it a day, F1 was back to the default settings with Hamilton persistently winning titles.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton crash out of the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

This is the reason why the entire fandom is absolutely on its feet to watch this blooming rivalry between Hamilton and Verstappen. But, will the latter bring a change to the sport by defeating the ever-dominant 7-time world champion?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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