“Yeah, excited for the battle”– Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are eager to vie against each other as the two cars are extremely close.
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are in a close-knitted battle against each other, with their respective cars are extremely close in abilities, while it is being whispered that maybe Red Bull has an edge.
But whoever may be slightly better has surely given an exciting battle to look forward to before every Grand Prix, as we have already seen in the past two races. This same thing is being enjoyed by Verstappen and Hamilton too.
“Yeah, excited for the battle,” Hamilton said. “I think this is really the first time in a long time that Red Bull have had a championship-winning car.”
“So I think it’s going to be close all the way through the year — and it’s just going to be, hopefully, more and more of these battles,” he added. Meanwhile, Verstappen echoed the same opinion.
“We have to keep on improving because there’s still a lot of work to be able to keep doing this the whole season,” Verstappen said. “Of course if I would be driving P10, it’s not enjoyable.”
“It’s great to be fighting against Lewis and Mercedes who, I think, as a team, they have been so dominant and they’re very difficult to beat. So to be able to sit here now (as a winner), now two races in a row, we were very, very competitive — that’s very promising but no guarantees.”
Rivalry is going good for Formula 1
Since 2016, Hamilton has been the undisputed champion in F1, which has compelled fans to term F1 boring at times. But this new contest has turned out to be refreshing for the fans, and Christian Horner feels, in the end, F1 is benefitting from it.
“I think we’ve had a sample now of two races… I always said it would take four races or so to see a true reflection of the competitive positions of each of the teams,” Horner said.
“After two races, we’re starting to see a pattern that the cars and drivers are very, very tight between Lewis and Max. At the moment, it’s marginal gains here and there. We see that they’ve got excellent range and degradation.
“Definitely, it’s immense, the pace we had in both the Bahrain test and Bahrain race, now we’ve been able to bounce back after the disappointment of losing that Bahrain race to win in Imola.”
“I hope selfishly for us but also for Formula 1 — they’re crying out for a great rivalry between these two drivers and I think the sport will benefit from that.”