“No Hate, No Drama”: Max Verstappen & Lewis Hamilton Trash the Toxicity to Share “Cute” Moment Shattering F1 World’s Assumptions

Published 04/02/2023, 12:00 PM EDT

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Great rivalries don’t have to be built on hatred. They’re built on respect, on respect for excellence. Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton were recently captured sharing an adorable moment. The moment shattered all the assumptions of toxicity between the two confirming the respect they share for each other. Regardless of their fanbase differing from this opinion, many F1 fans celebrate this joyful moment shared between them.

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Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s rivalry is considered to be one of the fiercest ones of the last decade. The 2021 title championship came down to the last race, with the winner of the race taking the Championship. In an unfortunate turn of events, Verstappen took the championship from Hamilton’s hands. Ever since that moment, their fan bases have shared hate-like feelings for each other. Toxicity grew stronger as time passed and Hamilton was unable to challenge for a title again. 

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Whilst there might’ve been a few heated moments between the two, they never wished anything bad for the other one. Even after the robbery of 2021, the seven-time world champion went up to Verstappen and congratulated him for winning the world championship like a true sportsman. Despite the toxicity in their fan bases, Verstappen and Hamilton never lost respect for each other. 

In a recent video that surfaced after the 2023 Australian GP, Verstappen and Hamilton are seen sharing an adorable moment. The Briton and the Dutchman are seen on the podium after the champagne celebration. While posing for the media, the 38-year-old points toward Verstappen and says something, followed by both of them giggling and sharing a moment. Later in the video, the Red Bull driver says something and gives a little tap to the Brit on his back. It was as if both of them were congratulating each other for a job well done.

They might be rivals, but their rivalries aren’t built on hatred but out of sheer respect for each other. The F1 community is going gaga over the lovely moment shared by the two and has started expressing their joy.

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Fans have taken to Twitter to express their love for the moment and the respect shared by the two. Many suggested that their fan bases should learn from them and get rid of the toxicity between them, calling the duo the greatest drivers of our time. Some appreciated the smile shared by the two. Here’s how fans reacted on Twitter: 

Many fans were excited to see the two talking to each other and were quick to notice the little tap Verstappen gave Hamilton on his back.

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Whilst some questioned what kind of world this is where Max and Lewis are sharing a cute moment, others were quick to respond expressing how much they loved this podium.

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Both Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen show true sportsmanship and are recognized as the greatest drivers of this decade for the same reason. There’s enough hatred and toxicity already and we don’t need anymore in F1 or the world.

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Pranay Bhagi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation, he has set foot into Sports Journalism with absolute enthusiasm. Being an ardent fan of F1, he has been following the pinnacle of motorsport for over a decade now.
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