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Hamilton vs Verstappen – It’s going to the wire

FORMULA1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX 2021

The 2021 Formula 1 championship so far has been one of the most exciting, turbulent and nail-biting to date. Mercedes have dominated the Drivers and Constructors Championship for many years, but can a fully motivated Red Bull team finally take back the coveted crown of World Champions?

 

Bottas dominates in Turkey

Valtteri Bottas claimed a wire-to-wire victory, described by himself as one of his best ever as he dominated the field in tricky conditions in Istanbul. The ever-changing drivers championship outlook took another turn as Verstappen claimed 2nd position and jumped ahead of Hamilton once more, who could only manage 5th after starting from the 11th with an engine penalty.

 

Slippery Sochi

Proceedings were looking great after qualifying for the British drivers. A rare pole for McLaren’s Lando Norris, a surprising Q3 for Williams’ star man George Russell and Hamilton cementing a disappointing 4th place qualification. Things were not looking so great for Red Bull’s title charge with Sergio Perez’s’ 9th place start, but most of all Max Verstappen who started at the very back of the grid due to exceeding his quota of power unit components. Would this be the race that Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton sped away from Red Bull and Verstappen in the title challenge?

The lights went out in a wet Sochi and away they went. The two McLaren’s got off to an electric start around the first few corners, many were thinking, could they replicate their famous one two which they achieved in Monza earlier in the season? Norris led the majority of the Grand Prix, and many believed he was on his way to his first ever winner’s podium. The rain started to lash down at the Sochi Autodrom. Teams warned their drivers to come into the pits to change their tires to suit the slippery conditions. With Lando leading the race he was adamant that he wanted to stay on the track and get the race wrapped up and who could blame the relatively inexperienced driver with four laps to go? Verstappen however took full advantage, picking off drivers and making his way through the pack. The stage was set for an enticing last four laps.

The inevitable then happened, the slippery surface and unsuitable tires sent Norris skidding off the track. Hamilton surged past into pole position with a determined Max Verstappen behind him, making his way from the back of the grid. Lando and McLaren will be ruing this decision which will have surely seen him take the top spot in Sochi.

 

A New Champion?

Arriving in Formula 1 as the youngest competitor, Max Verstappen started his career at what was known as Toro Rosso at the time and since then grabbed the bull by the horns and got his move to Red Bull. Max became the youngest race winner at the age of only 18 years and 228 days old. He won the Barcelona Grand Prix in 2016 with a confident but controlled drive. Since then, Max has gone on to claim 53 podiums with 17 of those being in 1st position.

With Red Bulls last driver and constructer titles coming in 2013, they are desperate to reclaim the title and with Max at the helm, they strongly believe they can do this. As it stands, Hamilton leads the way with only two points separating the pair. With seven races to go many believe it is going to go right down to the wire. The last man to lift the driver’s championship for Red Bull was Sebastian Vettel. Christian Horner, the Red Bull principal will be hoping Max can replicate this come the end of the season.

One race that sticks in the memory of Red Bull was the famous Monaco Grand Prix. This was a pivotal race, and one in which excelled Verstappen to the top of the driver’s championship for the first time in his career.

The Monaco Grand Prix is the race that F1 fans all over the world look forward to. It has a unique combination of tradition, ambiance and historical value. In my opinion no other race compares to Monaco, wedged between the natural beauty of the Mediterranean Sea and the Maritime Alps it could not be in a better location. The streets of Monaco are filled with eager spectators and many watching from state-of-the-art yachts.

 

The Future of F1

The future of Formula 1 is in safe hands, especially from a British point of view. Two drivers who have majorly impressed over the last couple of seasons are Lando Norris and George Russell. Lando has consistently provided points for McLaren and Russell is dubbed to be the new poster boy for Mercedes when he makes the move from Williams at the end of the season. With Lando currently sitting in fourth position in the championships, it shows he has the potential to be at the top with the right car under him. Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr in the famous Ferraris are also showing very competitive form and will be hoping that their package in 2022 will spark more podiums and race wins.

 

2022 British Grand Prix

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  • Official programme
  • VIP hostess service
  • Guest speakers from the motorsport world
  • Super Screen viewing
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  • Close to the FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 Support Paddocks
  • Prize draw for signed memorabilia

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