Stats Show How Hamilton-Verstappen is Mirroring 2006 Alonso-Schumacher F1 Battle

Published 10/07/2021, 5:59 AM 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 2021 championship battle will go down as one of the best in F1 history. The races and the on-track battles between the title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max have been nothing short of epic. It is super close between them as they are just separated by two pints.

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This is the closest championship battle in F1 since 2006 after 15 rounds of racing. The last time it was this close was when Fernando Alonso was going toe-to-toe with Michael Schumacher.

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The title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen closest in history

As reported by Formula passion, the 2021 championship has been super close since the beginning of the season. Hamilton had started off the block faster and stronger than Max by winning three of four races. But the Red Bull driver clawed back by dominating 5 races back-to-back.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on the podium with champagne after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Seco

However, ever since Silverstone, they have both made mistakes, leading to the close battle we have seen this season.

Below is the list of the closest title fights after 15 rounds:

1994: Schumacher- 92 points, Hill- 91 points

2021: Hamilton- 246.5, Max Verstappen- 244.5

2006: Alonso- 108, Schumacher- 106

1988: Senna- 87,  Prost 84

1982: Rosberg- 42,  Pironi- 39

1976: Lauda- 68,  Hunt- 65

Their championship battle is like the 2006 battle between Alonso and Schumacher. Like Max and Lewis, both legends traded victories and had memorable on-track squabbles. It is ironic that F1 is heading next to Turkey, which saw one of the best battles with Fernando and Michael. It would be interesting to see if the younger charge can emulate Alonso’s 2006 feat and beat the 7-time world champion in 2021.

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This season is keeping all of us on our toes: Toto Wolff

As reported by daily express, the Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has mentioned that we will see a more aggressive version of the German team and Hamilton in Istanbul. He stated they are fired up for the battle in Turkey.

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Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021 Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff after qualifying Pool via REUTERS/John Thys

“This season is keeping all of us on our toes and that’s something we are enjoying immensely, but it also means we have to be aggressive with our approach to the season in order to maximize the points available. That’s our focus for Turkey and beyond.”

“I know Lewis, Valtteri, and the entire team are fired up for the battle that lies ahead, and we look set for another exciting race this weekend at Istanbul Park,” said Toto.

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Last year, Hamilton won the race despite Max and Red Bull being the fastest team on the weekend. It will be interesting to see if we witness a repeat of last year’s race.

Who will win in Turkey? Lewis, Max, or someone else? 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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