“F1 doesn’t need to heal,” Max Verstappen says Lewis Hamilton should not be affected following controversial title-decider

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen believes these dramatic moments in sports are inevitable and his competitor Lewis Hamilton has already moved on from it.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen after the end of the race at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen after the end of the race at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen shared an epic rivalry during the 2021 Formula One season. The two driver’s went head to head on multiple occasions and even shared some dramatic clashes. Their rivalry pinnacled in the last race in Abu Dhabi where Verstappen overtook Hamilton claiming his maiden World Championship title after a controversial ruling.

The Dutchman will be looking to defend his Championship crown in a year of big changes. Ahead of the 2022 Formula One season, new regulations were imposed. The cars built under these changes are much different from the ones fans have seen in the Turbo Hybrid era.

But Verstappen says there is no reason for Formula One to hold itself accountable. He believes these dramatic moments in sports are inevitable and his competitor Lewis Hamilton has already moved on from it.

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Max Verstappen says Lewis Hamilton would “feel the pain a bit less”

Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen
Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen

2021 World Champion Max Verstappen is right now focusing on the season opener in Bahrain. But not too long ago, he found himself in the middle of one of the sports most heated moments. In the last few laps, the then Race Director Micheal Masi allowed the cars between Hamilton and Verstappen to unlap themselves giving the Dutchman a chance to make the overtake on the Briton with his fresher soft tyres.

Verstappen recollected that moment but indicated that it is something of the past. He added, “The sport doesn’t need to heal, there are these dramatic moments which are part of the sport as well. F1 is a very tough world. I think Lewis can feel the pain a bit less if you already have seven [drivers’ titles].”

Following the debacle at Abu Dhabi, Masi was fired from the role after an extensive review by the FIA into the incident. Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas will alternate between races as the Race Director role. Herbie Blash has been given the designation of ‘permanent senior advisor’ and shall be overseeing the decisions of the Race Director.

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