Calm before the storm between Verstappen and Hamilton

Before the final of the Formula 1 World Cup, things are still decent. Max Verstappen renews his accusations. Lewis Hamilton remains calm.

Lewis Hamilton (l) and Max Verstappen at the press conference in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Antonin Vincent / DPPI POOL / AP / dpa (Image: dpa)
(Photo: Antonin Vincent / DPPI POOL / AP / dpa)

Abu Dhabi – The shining golden object of desire kept the World Cup duelists at a safe distance.

At the end of the press rounds, the challenger from the Netherlands, Max Verstappen, and the defending champion from Great Britain, Lewis Hamilton, took their seats in the red chairs to the left and right of the trophy for the new world of pilots of Formula 1. champion. Everything seemed quite tame at first before the Zoff matchup this Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. “We’ve all put on a great show so far, I hope we can do it too,” Verstappen said.

Think of a one-on-one conversation as little as Hamilton does. You don’t want to waste energy thinking about a World Cup decision through another clash. In a relaxed and calm voice, Hamilton spoke about his attempts at indoor skydiving during the break after the Jeddah cracker, who, by the way, like Verstappen, happened in Dubai. The Dutchman celebrated his birthday with his girlfriend. A small distraction ahead of what is possibly the biggest day of his seven-year Formula 1 career to date.

“An ideal setting for Formula 1”

Verstappen for the first time or Hamilton for the eighth time, that’s a question that electrifies Formula 1. “It’s fantastic to see how they push each other,” said two-time Alpine champion Fernando Alonso. “An ideal setting for Formula 1,” said Carlos Sainz Junior of Ferrari.

One that offers everything that can be turned on. If they both retire after an accident, and by far it would not be their first time in a car, Verstappen is the new Red Bull champion. He has more victories and if there is a tie they make the difference. The fact that the race management also mentions point 29.4, article 12.4.5 again in the usual race comments, in which the exclusion and deduction of points is discussed, should be understood as a small warning.

“It happened in the past. It’s only fair that you do it, I hope you don’t have to apply it, ”Hamilton emphasized. “I know what’s in it, I don’t need to be reminded,” replied Verstappen, who otherwise still feels he has been treated unfairly. “It’s definitely not what it should be, and it’s not fair. I will only be penalized, ”he said, watching the Saudi Arabian race, in which he put in a total of 15 seconds on Sunday because, among other things, he had run off the track in overtaking maneuvers and thus gained an advantage. .

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