Webber Predicts “Fireworks” in Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen F1 Rivalry

Published 04/26/2021, 9:18 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – October 24, 2020 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton speaks with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Jose Sena Goulao


When we think of the greatest rivalry in the history of F1, we don’t look any further than Senna-Prost. The two came to blows at McLaren, but they started off on a great note as teammates. In fact, it was Alain Prost who recommended Ayrton Senna’s signature to the then-McLaren boss Ron Dennis. Hence, it was all respectful until the heat of the title battle got to them. So, how can we say that Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen would turn out any different? At least, Mark Webber foresees them coming to blows later in the season.

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The singular objective of any F1 driver is to win. As Ayrton Senna used to say, “It is not to come third, fourth, fifth or sixth.”

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Fireworks will come at the peak of the Hamilton-Verstappen rivalry: Webber

“They are two gladiators and that is what this sport needs, an intense rivalry … and the peak moment will come when there will be fireworks between the two, I am convinced.

“At the moment they get along and respect each other a lot, but during the season,” Mark Webber offered an insight into the Hamilton-Verstappen rivalry in an exclusive interview with Marca.

The former Red Bull driver’s prediction is not blasphemous. They are more than likely to come into a verbal war of words at some point in time when their rivalry hits its peak. Max’s hardcore driving nature matches his sheer blunt personality, even if Lewis has been able to tame it so far.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during practice REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

“The car (Mercedes‘ W12) is not easy, far from it, but Lewis has achieved the results and even lead the world championship. But he has a tough rival in Verstappen.

“We are all fans of Max’s style, watching his racing is incredibly spectacular which is exactly what we ask of an F1 driver,” said Webber.

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Max Verstappen needs to be prepared for ’12-round’ fighter Lewis Hamilton

While Hamilton knows what it takes to win a championship, Max has no experience in this department. In fact, the Dutchman did not even win a single title in his junior categories.

So, Webber is warning him to prepare for the going to get tough. Hamilton is a twelve-round fighter, he will always be on the lookout and against him you must be prepared to endure the whole fight.”

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The opening two rounds have provided us a delightful starter. Now, what the fans want is for the main course to be just as spicy and tasty as the starter, if not more.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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