After winning the previous World Championship in an ever-so-comforting way, Lewis Hamilton has been thumped against the resilient Max Verstappen who seems to be getting the better of him so far in the 2021 Formula 1 season. F1 Pundit, Martin Brundle compares this rivalry between Hamilton and Verstappen to the golden days of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.
The championship protagonists came to blows during the opening lap of the British Grand Prix which Brundle was disappointed by because he wanted to see the pair fight over 52 laps of Silverstone. He also feels that, with hindsight, Max Verstappen should have thought about the title race as his lead of 33 points was reduced to just eight points following Hamilton’s win.
Martin Brundle on Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen Rivalry
“Max was not at fault although for his own race and championship campaign he could have left a little more space on the inside given Hamilton was bound to be compromised on that line, and perhaps have been less convinced that Lewis would yield,” Brundle wrote in his post-race Sky Sports F1 column.
“But that’s with calm hindsight. With a 33-point championship lead and the fastest car he possibly took too many risks after that tardy start, but that’s why he’s a championship contender.
“Even after we knew Max was ok my heart was still heavy because I was so looking forward to those two drivers slugging it out for 52 laps. We have an amazing championship on our hands which is every bit as dramatic and powerful as the Senna/Prost days, along with others.”
Following the collision, Jonathan Wheatley and Christian Horner of Red Bull as well as Ron Meadows and Toto Wolff of Mercedes shared their differing views to F1 race director Michael Masi. Brundle is unsure about whether the teams should be able to speak to Masi about incidents during the race.