Verstappen Hopes Hamilton F1 Title Fight a “Rare Championship” Bout

Published 05/25/2021, 8:11 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Emilio Morenatti


Max Verstappen currently holds the most enviable position in the driver’s championship. After a stellar showing in Monaco, the Dutchman leapfrogged Lewis Hamilton to take top spot in the drivers’ standings.

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In addition to that, Red Bull shot to the top of the constructor’s championship, ensuring Mercedes dropped the lead for the first time since 2018. The Austrian outfit certainly threw down the gauntlet after Monaco, and Verstappen has now laid out his hopes for this season.

Max Verstappen hopes the title fight goes till the end

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In the past few seasons, Lewis Hamilton has managed to seal the title well before the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi. Last season, he sealed the title with three races left with a victory at the Turkish Grand Prix.

In 2019, the Briton sealed the title in the US Grand Prix, two races before Abu Dhabi. Across these seasons, Red Bull, their fiercest rivals, have often faded in the second half of the season. This season, however, Red Bull look far different from their former selves.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 23, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race with his team Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

Verstappen hopes Red Bull can continue to take the fight to Hamilton till the end of the season, which would be a rarity. “I hope this is one of the rare championships fought to the end. We at Red Bull can win it and I’m racing for it,” said Verstappen. (Quotes translated from Italian by Google)

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Winning seven world titles in a 14-year career is no mean feat. Lewis Hamilton has been one of the best drivers of his time, notching up 100 pole positions and 98 race wins.

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These stats show his greatness, which Verstappen appreciates about Hamilton. However, he underlined how dominant Mercedes have been in the past, which meant his biggest competition was his teammate.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

The 23-year-old said, “Lewis has almost always beaten his teammates, so we agree that he is one of the best drivers in F1. But Mercedes has been so dominant in recent years that he has had no rivals other than his own team.”

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With the teams now headed to Baku, Red Bull are favorites to take the champagne in another street race. However, Mercedes will look to bounce back in the championship battle after a disastrous Monaco Grand Prix. Who will reign supreme in the “Land of Fire”?

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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