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Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen: Bahrain GP ‘special’ title lights up for 2021 season


Sky Sports F1’s Anthony Davidson and Paul Di Resta have their say in planned championship battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen after Bahrain GP drama; Hamilton says he’s ‘super excited’ for more duels with Max

Last updated: 29/03/21 12:45 pm

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen could be ready for the title battle Formula 1 has ‘dreamed’ in 2021 after their thrilling head-to-head duel for victory in the season-opening Bahrain GP. Sky Sports F1 experts.

A thrilling race on Sunday came down to a direct fight between F1 leaders – a seven-time champion against a rising superstar – and led to an epic wheel-to-wheel conclusion, with a hint of controversy, under the lights.

As Hamilton emerged victorious after Verstappen’s dramatic, but illegal, overtake, Bahrain lit the spark for a 2021 bumper season as the Red Bull driver finally appears to have the car to give him a fighting chance at Hamilton for his first title. challenge.

It could be a season and a battle to remember.

“We now have this competition that we have always dreamed of,” said Anthony Davidson of Sky F1. “It’s something special for all the fans.

Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen: Bahrain GP ‘special’ title lights up for 2021 season

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Sky F1’s Anthony Davidson pays tribute to Lewis Hamilton who won the second fastest car and talks about the race’s key moment with Max Verstappen

Sky F1’s Anthony Davidson pays tribute to Lewis Hamilton who won the second fastest car and talks about the race’s key moment with Max Verstappen

“We really have to take advantage of these moments, these Grands Prix that are coming, because when you have two protagonists like we had in Bahrain, and it only takes two, then we have some fantastic races.

“I was screaming on TV like everyone else. Whoever your favorite rider is, I think we all have to agree that they are two supreme athletes at their peak and that it continues for a long time.”

Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen: Bahrain GP ‘special’ title lights up for 2021 season

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The final laps may not have followed Verstappen’s path to Sakhir – but the 23-year-old had been the dominant driver that weekend so far.

Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen: Bahrain GP ‘special’ title lights up for 2021 season

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Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok analyzes dramatic duel between Sir Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in final stages of Bahrain Grand Prix

Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok analyzes dramatic duel between Sir Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in final stages of Bahrain Grand Prix

“I think he’s able to put it behind him, I think mentally that’s where he’s so good,” said Paul Di Resta of Sky F1.

“He’s got a snort that he can win this championship and I think that’s the most exciting thing about this year – it’s him against Lewis and they’re going to get their hands dirty.”

Verstappen on the hunt? Hamilton ‘super excited’ for more

Whether Verstappen can truly mount a sustained title challenge will depend on Red Bull’s ability to have a race car at most, if not all, of the 22 remaining circuits on a record 2021 schedule.

But there will be optimism in the Red Bull camp after hitting the ground in Bahrain.

“What a year we have ahead of us,” insisted Di Resta. “Because I don’t think, on paper, that it’s a Red Bull track – I think it’s a Mercedes track.”

Davidson agreed, “At some point you see the natural ebb and flow, there will be races this year where the Red Bull just stormed into victory. We will see those races. But hopefully we will. will have more of what we have seen in Bahrain. “

Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen: Bahrain GP ‘special’ title lights up for 2021 season

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Paul di Resta and Jenson Button reflect on incredible battle between Sir Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in Bahrain

Paul di Resta and Jenson Button reflect on incredible battle between Sir Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in Bahrain

Hamilton, meanwhile, excited about clawing back a win – says he wants more duels with his young rival.

“I’m super excited and super happy for the fans to be excited,” said the Englishman. “I think it’s something every fan has wanted for a long time.

“Of course it’s just a race so we don’t know what the future has in store for us in terms of… with the pace they have they could be a lot further ahead, but we are going to work too hard as possible. to try to stay close in this battle and I hope for a lot more from this kind of races with Max and Valtteri [Bottas, Mercedes team-mate].

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Sir Lewis Hamilton says he enjoyed his battle with Max Verstappen and predicts there will be plenty more to come throughout the season.

Sir Lewis Hamilton says he enjoyed his battle with Max Verstappen and predicts there will be plenty more to come throughout the season.

“There is a long way to go, 22… holy c ** p! I’ll be gray at the end of this!

Verstappen added: “Of course I’m disappointed, but in a way it’s a long season. We’ll have 22 more opportunities to do better.”

Bring it on.

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