WATCH: Red Bull’s Sergio Perez Anoints Lewis Hamilton 2021 F1 Champion in Massive Gaffe

Published 08/07/2021, 4:26 AM EDT
IMOLA, ITALY – APRIL 17: Second place qualifier Sergio Perez of Mexico and Red Bull Racing and pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talk in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 17, 2021 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)


After years of dominance by Mercedes, F1 fans are finally witnessing a strong competitor to end Lewis Hamilton and Silver Arrows’ supremacy in Max Verstappen this year. The two title contenders are going wheel to wheel each race weekend, with Lewis Hamilton aiming to secure a record eighth world championship. Currently, the Briton leads the drivers’ championship and is eight points ahead of his arch-rival, Max Verstappen.

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And given how intense and neck-to-neck the title battle is at the moment, this year’s champion is anybody’s guess. But in F1’s latest ‘Grill the Grid’ video, Verstappen’s teammate mistakenly took the enemy’s side.

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What did Sergio Perez say?

So far in the Grill The Grid series, drivers were asked about the F1 circuits, team history. Although this time around, all the drivers on the grid were tasked with naming every Formula 1 drivers’ champion in the reverse order.

And Red Bull’s Sergio Perez started off on a very bad note.

Instead of starting with the 2020 season, Perez began with the 2021 season and accidentally named Lewis Hamilton the 2021 champion. The Mexican said, ” So, 21′ Lewis.”

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton will crash again this season: Ralf Schumacher

Until before the British Grand Prix, both the title contenders had kept their battle clean. However, at Silverstone, Verstappen and Hamilton were involved in a controversial collision at Copse.

During the opening lap, the Briton’s left front tire tangled with Verstappen’s rear right. As a result, the Dutchman went flying into the tire barriers, in an impact that measured 51 G.

And former F1 driver, Ralf Schumacher, believes that Silverstone will not be the last collision between the two.

“Max Verstappen has had bad luck twice now, but he has shown an incredible performance so far,” wrote Ralf Schumacher in his post-race review for Sky Germany.

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen fist bumps Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after sprint qualifying REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

“Even when the Red Bull doesn’t run like that, it gets the best out of the car. He’s had to let Hamilton pass now, but I don’t think he’ll be overpaced in the second half of the season because he’s matured by now.” (Translated via Google Translate)

“I don’t think Lewis and Max would have clashed for the last time. The pace will get harder the closer it gets in the World Cup. It’s great for us as spectators because we can look forward to mega-exciting races.”

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Can we witness more collisions between the title contenders this season? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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