“Listen Pal, I Am No Chicken” – F1 Insider Explains Lewis Hamilton’s Move on Max Verstappen

Published 08/27/2021, 5:55 AM EDT
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


Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are involved in an intense championship battle that is surely going down to the wire. Both drivers are driving at optimum levels in the best cars on the grid. They both have also traded blows with each other both on and off-track this season.

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The most intense moment in the title battle happened in Silverstone when they both collided with each other. The crash was inevitable as both of them have been battling for positions all season long. And it was the Red Bull driver who was edging the 7-time world championship but not in Silverstone.

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It was about time to make a point for Lewis Hamilton: Christian Danner

As reported by Motorsportmagazine, a long-time RTL TV pundit, Christian Danner stated Hamilton sent a message to his young rival at the British Grand Prix. Danner believes that after being beaten on track comprehensively by Verstappen up till Silverstone, Hamilton had to make a point to Verstappen.

“It was about time to make a point for Lewis,” says Danner.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leads at the start of the race ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

“There were too many things happening where he backed off, and Max drove really hard. I think it was in Paul Ricard. I think it was in Portimão, I think it was in Imola. I’m sure there were more hidden ones!

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So it was about time for him to say, ‘Listen, pal, I am no chicken.’ And that’s exactly what he did. And he did right. Of course, there’s always a 50/50 chance. If Lewis doesn’t try, there’s no accident. If Max doesn’t drive into him, there’s also no accident.” said Danner on the Silverstone crash.

The RTL pundit gives his opinion on the Red Bull-Mercedes team fight

It’s not only the drivers who are fighting but their team principals as well. Christian Horner and Dr. Helmut Marko have targeted both Mercedes and Toto Wolff frequently and vice versa. Danner stated that the fight between the teams will not stop or slow down anytime soon.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 26, 2021, Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff with Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“It’s not going to calm down from a teams’ perspective. Both of them, Helmut [Marko] and Toto are very bright and intelligent. They play the game as well as they can, according to their internal rulebook.

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“Of course, they give each other s***. But what I like about it is that it’s got a certain amount of intellectual level, between Helmut and Toto,” said Christian.

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Mercedes and Lewis are leading both the constructors’ and drivers’ titles from Max and Red Bull.

Can Red Bull and Verstappen bounce back? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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