Max Verstappen & Lewis Hamilton’s Ugly Motives Questioned as Long Standing Rivalry Sets to Take a Shocking Turn

Published 12/08/2022, 11:45 AM EST

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In Formula 1, rivalries are an essential component of brutal racing. We may discover numerous competing moments that were recorded in the annals of history. But each time a driver’s goal is to have his name added to the list of world champions. We are all aware of how heated the current competition between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen has become. In light of this, an F1 expert has questioned the recent motivations of both drivers at the Interlagos circuit.

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The fans waited an entire year to witness the top rivalry of the current generation in the world of Formula 1. Their wish became a reality at the Sao Paulo track when Max Verstappen collided with Lewis Hamilton. The Dutchman was lined up behind the Englishman trying to pass him but had a collision instead. The failure of the move resulted in Max Verstappen‘s broken front wing and Hamilton pushed down the grid.

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These intended moves at the Brazilian GP are termed a bit hyperbolic by an F1 pundit Jack Nicholls. Besides, he believes the rivalry is all set to take a shocking turn. He quoted on BBC’s Chequered Flag podcast, “Sometimes it feels like, this is a bit hyperbolic to say, but sometimes it feels like Verstappen and also maybe now Hamilton would rather have a collision than give up to the other one,” 

He added, “They can’t give an inch to each other,” he said. “As soon as one gives an inch, it’s such a win in the psychological battle, isn’t it?”

Last year both motorists were involved in the last-lap battle, which eventually ended in the favour of Max Verstappen. Since then the rivalry has been ferocious and now a former Red Bull driver gives his verdict on the comparisons of both stars.

David Coulthard believes Max Verstappen has reached a level of greatness

Max Verstappen had a stellar 2022 season as throughout the 22 races he brought himself some accolades. The dominating season saw a record-breaking 15 Grand Prix wins and scoring the highest points (454) for a season, beating the previous best of Lewis Hamilton (413). The supreme dominance had made former Red Bull driver, David Coulthard, insist that no matter how many titles Verstappen or Lewis Hamilton win further in their careers, they both are the greatest.

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According to David Coulthard, “Just as Lewis doesn’t need nine world titles for me to consider him one of the greatest drivers in the sport, Max doesn’t need three to be considered one of the best,” he told formule1.nl. “Max is already one of the greats. You would also have to be a f****** idiot to claim that he only achieved this ‘because he was in a good car’.

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The adrenaline rush increases for us Formula One fans with each lap that goes by. But the cherry on top is when we see some tense disputes on and off the track.

 

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Aditya Srivastava

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Aditya Srivastava is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Although he has completed his undergrad in History, due to his passion for the field, he couldn't hold himself back from entering the world of Sports Journalism. Being a huge fan of Formula 1, Aditya has taken up multiple internships and freelancing gigs where he got to pen down his thoughts about the most prestigious form of motor racing in the world.
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