“Very Difficult”: F1 Legend on Comparisons Between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen

Published 06/16/2021, 10:38 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race alongside Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who finished in second place REUTERS/Albert Gea


Recently, former F1 F1 champion Alain Prost opened up on a few subjects. Among them, he spoke about reigning champion Lewis Hamilton and championship leader, Max Verstappen. The 4-time world champion noted that it is hugely difficult to compare the two drivers.

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He said, “If you compare for example Max and Lewis, it is very difficult to compare a driver who is trying to get their first championship, compared to a guy that knows how to prepare his race and manage his season.”

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As per the Frenchman’s observation, once Verstappen wins a championship, he can be a fantastic driver. On the other end of the spectrum, Prost acknowledged that Hamilton is a complete driver.

This is a set of firsts for Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen

For the first time in his F1 career since 2018, Verstappen is leading the drivers’ championship. Meanwhile, Hamilton seems to have finally met his match in the title battle. Of course, Prost acknowledged that it will be difficult to predict a winner, but he hopes that Hamilton and Verstappen will have a nice battle.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Nacho Doce

On the other hand, the former F1 driver believes that Red Bull and Max Verstappen are in better shape; however, he knows that it is a long season and things could change. According to Prost, Sergio Perez is starting to come into his own in the Red Bull team. Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas is struggling and it could hurt Mercedes in the long run.

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This is because Lewis Hamilton will be left alone to fend off a two-pronged Red Bull assault. Not to mention, the likes of Ferrari and McLaren are steadily inching back to the front.

Having said all that, the driver’s championship battle is firmly between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. After they both endured poor races in Azerbaijan, France will be their chance for redemption.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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