It’s been a crazy ride through 2021’s F1 season. Now, there are only five races left and just 12 points separating Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, has given his opinion on how the final showdown will go down and if he’s right, it should be very exciting indeed.
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have been duking it out all year. It’s been a ferocious display from these two drivers on the track. And both have almost been seriously injured as they try to grab as many points as they can. Verstappen went into a wall in Silverstone at 50G’s, and Hamilton had Verstappen’s car on his head.
But how is it going to go down come the final race? Will they ease up on each other? Obviously not. But maybe Wolff will play it down for the sake of safety? Ah, yeah, not a chance either.
In an interview with The Daily Mail, Wolff actively compared the current championship battle with the likes of Senna and Prost,
He continued, “What happened in Monza? Verstappen took Lewis out because he was about to overtake and he was quicker. And that is totally understandable. If you are racing for the championship and you see it fading away because the other guy is overtaking you, what tool have you got other than the one that makes sure he can’t overtake? We’ve seen it with Schumacher and Villeneuve, we saw it with Senna and Prost twice.”
So, what Wolff means by this is that he believes that either Hamilton or Verstappen will purposefully crash into their opponent if they felt they might lose. It’s unsportsmanlike but it isn’t that uncommon in Formula One.
Check out the video featuring Schumacher and Hill below to get a better understanding of what this could tactically.
“I would never give the instruction to crash into anyone else but if they go to that last race and whoever is in front wins the championship, they will be racing each other, hard,” said Wolff.
“And I don’t think you can control it, Hamilton and Verstappen, I don’t think you want to control it because they are the gladiators in their machines. That is what makes this sport so interesting, because it is ingrained in our nature that we don’t like confrontation and then one is intrigued to see how that relationship unfolds.
“If they crash are they going to confront each other? What are they going to say? Will they look in each others’ eyes? We would not interfere. The relationship is sorted out between the individuals.”
Well, his words certainly seem at least a little prophetic. What do you think? Who will prevail, Hamilton or Verstappen?
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