David Croft Explains Why F1 Should Start Appreciating Lewis Hamilton More

Published 06/15/2021, 8:40 AM EDT
Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team drive his W12 single-seater during qualifying session of Portuguese GP, third round of Formula 1 World Championship in Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, Mexilhoeira Grande, Portimao, Algarve, 1 May 2021 (Photo by Andrea Diodato/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


Lewis Hamilton is undoubtedly one of the greatest racing driver in Formula One in recent years. However, Hamilton is 36-years-old, only has a one-year contract with Mercedes. Hence, F1 commentator, David Croft states that Hamilton will be dearly missed once he departs from the grid.

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Hamilton has won seven world titles, six of them at Mercedes, and is hoping to win his eighth before he throws in the towel. However, before he claims another title he has to have his duel with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for the 2021 championship.

Lewis Hamilton will surely be missed by everyone in the sports once he retires

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As quoted from FormulaPassion.It, Croft said, “We need this rivalry, we need stories that go hand in hand with the action. The rivalry between Hamilton and Verstappen has been brewing for yearsbecause Verstappen is extremely good, as we know Hamilton is good.”

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason/Pool/File Photo

He added, “And the statistics show it. But Max didn’t always have the car to challenge Lewis. But now it does. Lewis has spoken in the past about how Max is the one he fears because he knows how good he is. He knows he’s tough, he’s fast. He’s not bad, but he’ll put his car in a position where Lewis will have to raise his level to beat him. ”

In the end, we will have someone other than Lewis Hamilton who will have a rivalry with someone else. That day will come, and we will really miss the fact that Lewis Hamilton has been so good over the years,” he concluded. (Translated from Italian via Google)

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How is Hamilton doing against Max this season?

Britain’s Knight and the Red Bull prodigy are arch-rivals of each other, both trying to beat one and another to get points needed for the championship. However, it is the Dutchman who holds the lead in the championship with 105, while Lewis has 101 points so far this season.

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Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

Hamilton has won three out of the six races so far, while Max only has won two. But, Hamilton struggled in Monaco where he placed seventh, and in Baku where he came fifteenth, resulting in losing the chance to score maximum points.,

Now the seven-time world champion is looking forward to the French Grand Prix and is hoping to bounce and bridge the four-point gap to Verstappen and reclaim the lead for the title.

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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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