The duel between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton in the 2021 Formula 1 season will go down as one of the greatest rivalries in the history of the premier class. Up to the very last lap in the last race, the two dueled for the world title – in the end with the better outcome for Verstappen.
In an interview with the “BBC”, the Dutchman looks back on his fight against Hamilton last year and admits: “Sometimes we hated each other, but that’s okay. That’s the competitive spirit in both of us.” The two collided several times on the track during the past season.
“In the end it was okay. Of course we had our moments,” says Verstappen on “ServusTV”, for example of the accidents in Silverstone or Monza or the controversial contact at the penultimate race of the season in Saudi Arabia. However, he also had “nice duels” with the record champion.
Max Verstappen: respect for Lewis Hamilton “still there”
“[Der] Respect is still there, “says Verstappen, who is also confronted with the rumor that Hamilton would quit after the events at the final in Abu Dhabi and not return in 2022. However, the Dutchman cannot imagine that this will really happen.
“Normally” Hamilton will continue, so Verstappen, who believes that Hamilton was simply still very emotional so shortly after the lost season finale and that is why the rumors arose. Immediately after the race, the dethroned world champion had congratulated Verstappen on the title in a fair and sporty way.
Subsequently, however, the Mercedes driver largely withdrew from the public, which fueled the corresponding rumors. Verstappen does not assume, however, that Abu Dhabi will be the last chapter in the duel with Hamilton in 2021.
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