Twitter Condemns ‘Toxic’ Max Verstappen Fans Amidst Ridiculous Hate for Lewis Hamilton at Hungarian GP

Published 07/30/2022, 2:03 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – July 24, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the race with second place Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Lewis Hamilton is certainly not popular amongst Max Verstappen fans. After sharing a rather troublesome relationship with the Dutchman, Hamilton remains severely disliked by the orange army. Further, even to date, Verstappen and the Briton do not leave a chance to take jibes at each other.

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From making “apex” jokes to declaring “sensible” remarks, they are possibly not over last year. Their animosity from last year created a rift so profound that their fans even cheer on the rival driver’s crashes. Undoubtedly inhumane, it ultimately represents the hostility between the two Goliaths of the sport.

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Turns out, in a new video, a few Verstappen fans were spotted burning Hamilton’s merchandise. The video consists of a guy who seems to be enjoying the sight of burning Hamilton’s cap. It surprised Twitter that fans would go so far in disliking a driver.

Thankfully, F1 was spared another year of vicious Hamilton-Verstappen rivalry after Mercedes lacked the pace. Red Bull has been way faster this year, with the Dutch Lion looking the most probable candidate to pick up his second world championship.

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The Silver Arrows have shocked many with their performance, on the other hand. However, luck has favored them time and again, the latest race being a Mercedes double podium.

Plenty of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen drama

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None of this obviously stops Hamilton or Verstappen to make comments about each other. Silverstone, one of the most electric races of the year, saw Hamilton battle with Charles Leclerc. After the battle, Hamilton, with regards to last year’s drama, said, “Charles did a great job, what a great battle. He is a very sensible driver, clearly a lot different to what I experienced last year,”

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race and the world championship with the Netherlands flag on the podium as Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton looks dejected after finishing second REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Verstappen later clapped back with a, “I think it’s quite nice that, at 37 years of age, you can still learn how to hit an apex…” The duo also very visibly avoid each other and communicate rarely even during podium celebrations.

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So, what do you think? Can Verstappen and Hamilton throw away what happened in the past at some point?

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Khyati Yadav

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Khyati Yadav is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. She is a Hospitality Graduate and a huge fan of Lando Norris. She believes that F1 as a sport deserves a lot more attention and is intrigued by the process that goes behind the making of a car and the hard work that goes into the setting up of any Grand Prix.

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