WATCH: Hamilton & Verstappen Narrowly Avoid Another Crash at Hungarian GP Free Practice

Published 07/30/2021, 7:47 AM EDT
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


It looks like the battle lines are already drawn at the Hungarian Grand Prix for Hamilton and Verstappen. After their first-lap collision at the British Grand Prix, the title rivals once again came close at Budapest in FP1.

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Both the title rivals came within an inch of each other as they went out together out of their garages. But it was Red Bull driver Max Verstappen who got out ahead of his rival.

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Max Verstappen tops the timing sheets in Hungary Free Practice 1

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen bounced back strong from his 51G crash at Silverstone. Verstappen went on top of the timing sheets by setting a time of 1m17.555s, which was 0.061s ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga

Silverstone winner Lewis Hamilton finished the session in P3 behind his teammate and two-tenths behind Max. Ferrari were quick as expected as Carlos Sainz finished in P4 ahead of the always impressive Alpha Tauri of Pierre Gasly.

Fernando Alonso finished ahead of the other Ferrari of Leclerc in P7. Sergio Perez had a disappointing session as he finished in P8 ahead of McLaren‘s Lando Norris. Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll rounded off the Top-10 in FP1.

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I’m going to continue to race hard and give it everything: Lewis Hamilton

As reported by Formula1, Hamilton mentioned that the incident at Silverstone will not change the way he approaches his driving. He also stated that he will continue to race aggressively and hard.

“No, for me, I continue to do what I’m doing. Continue to apply myself the way I do. Been racing for a long time. Raced against all sorts of characters,” said Hamilton.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

“One thing I encourage people to never ever second guess themselves or doubt themselves. Of course, we can always grow and learn from things and experiences we face and obstacles we eventually get past.

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“For me, [I’m] going to continue to race hard and give it everything,” clarified Hamilton. Lewis will look to bounce back in FP2 to set the pace ahead of Verstappen.

Will we see another clash between the championship rivals in Hungary? Let us know.

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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 Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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