Ocon & Leclerc Offer Contrasting Takes on Verstappen-Hamilton F1 Battle

Published 10/07/2021, 2:58 PM EDT
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


The title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen has captured the attention of everyone around the world. They both have been battling each other since the start of the season and it’s hard to separate them. For their fellow drivers, it was quickly difficult to choose a winner.

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Charles Leclerc and Esteban Ocon also gave their preferred winners. But they both were too split in their choices, with Leclerc going for Max and Ocon going for Lewis.

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Feels like Max Verstappen will leave the field as the winner: Charles Leclerc

As reported by Motorsport-magazin.com, the Ferrari driver picked Verstappen as his eventual winner at the end. He stated that Verstappen and Red Bull have been quick all year but also mentioned that Hamilton has more experience.

“Feels like Max will leave the field as the winner. He was faster than Lewis in more races. But Lewis is extremely consistent and always on. It will be close.” said Leclerc.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 22, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc after qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

But Esteban Ocon countered the Monegasque and picked Hamilton. Ocon’s choice to pick is not surprising, as the Frenchman is a Mercedes junior driver.

“Red Bull and Max were often faster, yes, but I believe that Mercedes and Lewis can turn it around,” said Ocon.

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I just hope that it will be decided on the track: Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen and George Russell also gave their picks on their driver’s championship favorites. While the Williams driver seemed to lean towards the Mercedes driver, Kimi hopes that the title will be decided on the track.

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen before the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

“Red Bull and Max are very fast. But I think the more recent experience will help Lewis,” said George. Kimi did not really pick a winner but gave the most practical answer to the question.

“Whoever has the most points. I just hope that it will be decided on the track, not by defects. It would be boring to already know!” said Raikkonen.

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Hamilton is leading Verstappen by two points going into the Turkish Grand Prix. With just seven races to go in 2021, it looks like the winner will be decided in the last race of the season.

Who will win the title Lewis or Max? 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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