Formula 1 has its mojo back: Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes are locked in a bitter title fight for the ages – but where does it rank in the sport’s history?
Formula 1 is a sport built on the intensity and drama of rivalries. Racing is innately competitive and simple: beat all the other drivers to win. But what happens if two drivers thwart one another?
Whether it is teammates battling on track or two stars in their prime pushing one another in a sensational title battle, rivalries define the pinnacle of motorsport.
Max Verstappen and seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton are currently locked in a dramatic title race – let’s see where their battle ranks among the best in the sport’s history.
5. Mark Webber vs Sebastian Vettel
The rivalry between Mark Webber and star Sebastian Vettel began in 2010, when Red Bull kicked off their four-year domination of Formula 1. Vettel won each of the four Divers’ Championships while the team claimed the Constructors’ Championship for four successive years, and the German won 38 races in that period to the Australian’s nine.
Where to start? Well, the first major incident occurred at the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix as the pair crashed when seemingly cruising home for a one-two finish.
The media sided with Webber while Red Bull defended Vettel’s actions, but the damage had been done – the Australian did little to help his young teammate from then onwards.
Vettel was frustrated by Webber’s perceived lack of effort in supporting his teammates title charge at the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix.
There was the famous ‘Multi-21’ controversy at the 2013 race in Malaysia, where Vettel clearly ignored a team order to hold position so he could overtake Webber and steal the win with 13 laps to go, destroying any remaining hope that the two could continue to work together.
Webber retired from the sport at the end of the season.
4. Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen
When Max Verstappen burst onto the scene in 2016, there was a real sense of when – not if – the Dutchman would challenge for the world title.
After several seasons impressing in his Red Bull, it appears 2021 is the year the Milton Keynes-based outfit finally have a car on par with the Mercedes expertly piloted by. “Brinkwire Summary News”.