“Not Exactly Going to Have Dinner Together” – Max Verstappen on Lewis Hamilton Relationship Amidst Heated 2021 F1 Clashes

Published 10/30/2021, 4:16 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 24, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the race with second place Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton REUTERS/Brian Snyder


The closing stages of the 2020 F1 season teased a potential rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, with the duo often ending up in each other’s path.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

And rightfully so, the 2021 season opened up to an ecstatic show in Bahrain, as Hamilton and Verstappen raced each other to the line, with the former just managing to hold off the latter. There was respect, and even if the Dutchman notched up his aggression, Hamilton would yield.

But, at one point, the Briton had to fight back, and he did. Unfortunately, that’s when their relationship went a bit off-track. The incidents at Silverstone and Monza led to an awful disturbance between the two.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

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

There were blame games, and on top of that, the team principals’ interference only stirred up more controversy. But Verstappen is quite confident that the respect is very much intact between the duo despite the tense moments this season.

What did Max Verstappen say?

Speaking to Gentleman’s Journal, Verstappen calmly affirmed that the state of his relationship with Hamilton hasn’t taken any blows yet. “It’s good,” the Dutchman said.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 24, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action at the start of the race REUTERS/Mike Blake

I mean, we’re how competitors should be. We’re not exactly going to have dinner together but that’s fine. You have that competitive spirit and we always try to beat each other on track but also try to respect each other off track as well. So far there have been some tense moments, but overall it’s been all right.”

But one can never deny the fact that Verstappen‘s aggression is still very much alive. And it was quite evident at COTA as well. The Dutchman knew Hamilton had a better getaway, and he almost squeezed the Mercedes to the left-most part of the massively wide straight, but the Briton just managed to pip ahead.

More tense moments in the offing?

The season is steadily reaching the season, and Hamilton will be aware of the fact that 2021 could well be his best chance to beat Michael Schumacher‘s title record.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

With the Briton slowly getting past his prime and much a fiercer George Russell joining alongside him as his teammate, the fear is starting to engulf Hamilton. 2021 could have been yet another cakewalk for Hamilton had Verstappen not been in the frame.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race alongside Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who finished in second place REUTERS/Albert Gea

But he is very much in the frame, and he is showing immense resilience against Hamilton at the moment, a factor that other rivals lacked while challenging the Mercedes driver. Hence, there is no denying that Hamilton will go to any extent to beat Verstappen this season.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

If you don’t trust our judgment, feel free to take a look at the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. But, as spectators, this is exactly the kind of ending we need. So, will the seven-time world champion and his Dutch rival, together, deliver another spectacular end to the F1 season?

Watch Story: F1 Drivers Fighting on Track

Enjoyed reading this article? Download our exclusive app to get 24x7 coverage, latest memes and social media banter. Click here to download.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Rohit Kumar

1451 articles

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT