WATCH: F1 Rivals Lewis Hamilton & Max Verstappen Joke About ‘So Many Girls’ in Abu Dhabi

Published 12/28/2021, 7:26 AM EST
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – FIA Press Conference – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 17, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are regarded as each other’s greatest rivals. However, there have been times where they have indulged in banter.

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During the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Hamilton had a small conversation with Verstappen about the fans at the Yas Marina. Shortly after that, Lewis even asked the Red Bull prodigy a personal question.

Lewis Hamilton makes Max Verstappen laugh in Abu Dhabi

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Many see Verstappen and Hamilton as arch-rivals, and the F1 community would assume that they don’t interact with each other. However, at the 2019 Abu Dhabi GP, they indulged in some light-hearted banter, which made them both smile.

During a press conference, Hamilton whispered to Verstappen, “There are so many girls here man, like so many,” to which Verstappen agreed. Hamilton also asked Verstappen, “Do you have a girlfriend?” Verstappen said, “Yes,” and Hamilton immediately said, “Nevermind.”

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Verstappen states he has respect for Hamilton after the dramatic Abu Dhabi GP

In 2021, Hamilton and Verstappen pushed each other to the limit over the championship. Both managed to have the lead in the title race for a brief period of time until the Abu Dhabi GP, where they were tied on points.

In controversial circumstances, it was Verstappen who had the edge over the Mercedes driver and went on to win his first F1 world champion. After the race, the Dutch had a few words to say about his arch-rival.

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He said, “I have a lot of respect for Lewis, but you know, I’m just very happy that I won in general because it’s been of course a very tough season fighting against Mercedes and Lewis. But I don’t want to sound… arrogant or whatever, to say that it’s a great satisfaction to win against him.”

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after finishing first and second respectively in the sprint race qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

“I just have a lot of respect for him, and I know he’s an amazing driver in terms of what he’s achieved but I’m just very happy that we won it.”

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With the 2022 season a few months away, the F1 community can’t wait to see Hamilton and Verstappen fight each other for the title.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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