Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc are two of the emerging names in the world of Formula 1, with both of them trying dominate the sport in their own vintage style. But only one of them can be the rightful owner to the throne. The duo know each other inside out since both of them have been battling it out from their karting days. We also got a glimpse of the same rivalry in the season opener in Bahrain.
The reigning world champion, Max Verstappen had been labelled as the favorite to retain his world championship and everyone expected him to win the Bahrain GP. But Charles Leclerc was not having none of it. The Monegasque racing driver had the bit between his teeth as he stoked a flawless weekend giving a solid start to the Italian Giants, Scuderia Ferrari. But it wasn’t as easy as it seems.
There was a time in the race when the duo went wheel to wheel and put on a show for the spectators. Charles Leclerc got the better off Max Verstappen in that duel, with the latter failing to come to grips with his new challenger RB-18. But this was just the first race of the season and we can expect more of the same in the coming races as we expect Max Verstappen to come out swinging.
Max Verstappen clears the air regarding tensions between him and his arch rival Charles Leclerc
This rivalry has given fire to some sort of tension between the pair. But Max Verstappen decided to clear the air. He said, “I never speak about these things with other drivers. I mean, it happens.”
“I’ve lost wins, as well, and it’s not the end of the world, you move on. I think Charles is one of the most talented drivers in Formula One and he will win many more races.”
“I think we are just good competitors and we like racing, I think you saw that when we were battling hard and it was all good.” As reported by express.co.uk.
Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc have already become household names in the world of Formula 1 despite being being so young. With both of them trying to make a mark this season, we can expect fireworks on track. The next race is in less than three days time in Saudi Arabia.