Max Verstappen-Lewis Hamilton rivalry ideal for the sport: Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz hopes to see a clean championship battle in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have pushed each other right until the limits as they enter the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi level on points. Ferrari driver, Carlos Sainz believes that the two drivers have driven at an incredible level, and wants to see a fair battle in Abu Dhabi.

Sainz stated that with respect to the image of the sport, it is necessary to have a clean show in Abu Dhabi. The Spaniard assured that from his side, he will keep things fair like he has kept all season.

“To be honest, I think they are both driving at an incredible level. From my side, I just wish that they can keep it clean this last weekend and give it a good showdown,” Sainz told RacingNews365.

For the image of the sport, more than anything else, and for the benefit of Formula 1, that we are still a sport, not only a show – and show good sportsmanship and a good showdown in the grand final,” he added.

Carlos Sainz urges fans to show more respect

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

Carlos Sainz has urged fans to show more respect towards Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. The Spaniard stated that fans on social media crossed their limits, as they hurled insults on either driver.

Unfortunately on Twitter, and social media, there’s a lot of polarisation. A lot of, I wouldn’t say abuse, between both fans, but very polarised [opinions], and it makes the fight a bit less exciting when you see the two sides fighting each other so much,” said Sainz.

I think it’s just better to be a bit more neutral, enjoy the fight and let the best man win,” he added.

Moreover, Sainz believes that the rivalry between Verstappen and Hamilton is exciting for the sport and he enjoyed watching the highlights of the Saudi Arabian GP.

I think it’s the ideal scenario for Formula 1 as a sport and it’s super exciting to watch,” said Sainz.

When I went back to my [hotel] room on Sunday night I tuned in and replayed the race, just to see what the hell happened there upfront, and why everyone was talking about what had happened,” the Spaniard continued.

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