Max Verstappen Snaps at Reporter as He Responds to Lewis Hamilton Turn 1 Speculation at COTA

Published 10/24/2021, 2:51 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 22, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the garage during practice REUTERS/Mike Blake


The United States Grand Prix is going to serve some special spectacle to the F1 fans as the two title contenders are lining up alongside each other on the front row. Seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton put up a brilliant lap yesterday to get a provisional pole, but Red Bull prodigy Max Verstappen snatched the pole from his rival in the very last moment of Q3. He was two-tenths of a second faster than the British defending World Champion. Now, fans have not forgotten previous clashes between the Championship protagonists at Silverstone and Monza earlier in the season. They are speculating some fireworks might go off again at the first left-hander in the COTA, the widest opening bend amongst all the races this year.

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Fans were cheering loudly as Lewis Hamilton crossed the finishing line yesterday and put a formidable lap time in the Quali yesterday. Undoubtedly, Lewis himself also reckoned he would get the pole position in the US GP but then Verstappen proved him wrong. So, it goes without a question that the two of them will give it their all to grab first place in the Driver’s Standings in today’s race. And that means we cannot rule out a possible collision between the two as well.

As the two of them are starting from the front of the grid, they will touch upon the opening bend at the Circuit of the Americas together—and it is infamous for having caused some clashes in the past. Hamilton acknowledged the fans’ theory about a possible collision by saying, “I hope we make it through turn one and we get a good race,” said Hamilton.

It is all fun and games. We are going to have fun tomorrow, and give it everything as you would expect. It is no real difference to any other part of the season.”

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While Lewis took a positive approach and said he hopes he won’t have a collision, Max Verstappen almost seemed to take offense at the question.

I don’t see why we have to keep bringing this up,” the Dutch racer objected. “It is not like we are the only ones who have touched in this sport.

“These things happen, unfortunately. But we are on the front row again and everyone is just expecting a great race and as drivers, that is what we expect, too. We will be professional.”

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With only a few races remaining, the championship battle is at its peak

Lewis Hamilton, eyeing a record-breaking eighth Championship title win, will have to give it his all to bridge the points gap between him and Max. Already, during FP2, the two rivals did clash, and fans are at the edge of their seats in anticipation of what might happen at the actual race.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium with champagne after winning the race with second-placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

As it stands right now, Hamilton is behind Verstappen by six points in the Drivers’ Championship standings. Red Bull has maintained, on various occasions, that Hamilton and his Mercedes team are trying to put some mental pressure on Max Verstappen with their comments. But till now, Max has kept his calm and his sight is fixated only on winning the Championship. Who will come out victorious from this title battle? The 2021 season has brought to us a Championship fight that has been missing from Formula One for a long time and now, only a few races remain before we get to see who has the last laugh.

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Riddhi Mondal

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Riddhi Mondal is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having previously worked as a student reporter at The Statesman, she is an ardent follower of all things F1. A nerd through and through, the complicated physics that goes into the cars is what drew Riddhi to the sport.

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