MAX VERSTAPPEN and Charles Leclerc are main the struggle for this 12 months’s World Championship.
Max Verstappen was being hunted by Lewis Hamilton (Picture: GETTY)
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Max Verstappen is completely satisfied being the hunter within the World Championship this 12 months after discovering it troublesome being hunted by Lewis Hamilton final season. The 2021 F1 title battle will go down as one of the vital dramatic battles within the historical past of the game.
Each Verstappen and Hamilton have been neck-and-neck for many of the season earlier than the Dutchman started to maneuver away from his rival. Again-to-back wins within the USA and Mexico noticed Verstappen open up a 19-point lead over Hamilton with simply 4 races remaining.
However Hamilton rallied to win the subsequent three races, extremely placing them on the identical quantity of factors for the ultimate Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi. What adopted has since been properly documented, however Verstappen appears set to be concerned in one other tight battle for the title this season.
Each drivers have gained all 5 opening races thus far with Verstappen taking the chequered flag 3 times to Leclerc’s two. Nevertheless, Leclerc nonetheless holds a good 19-point lead over his championship rival heading into the Spanish Grand Prix.
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Charles Leclerc presently leads Max Verstappen (Picture: GETTY)
With loads of races left within the season there might be extra twists and turns because the 12 months progresses. However Verstappen is having fun with being the hunter this time round and hopes he can doubtlessly observe in Hamilton’s footsteps by making use of fixed strain to the championship chief.
“I just like the place I am in in the intervening time, realizing that the automotive is fast,” he mentioned. “And, for instance, on the finish of final 12 months, after all, I used to be the one who was being hunted.
“That was really not an awesome place as a result of I knew that we did not have the tempo anymore. I knew it was going to be very tough to the top.
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“So yeah, simply relies upon a bit on how aggressive you might be as properly.”
Purple Bull and Ferrari stay the groups to beat, however Mercedes are nonetheless hopeful that they’ll be capable of be a part of the struggle sooner slightly than later. Hamilton and George Russell have been unable to problem on the entrance of the grid, however there have been promising indicators final day trip in Miami when the 24-year-old topped the timesheet in FP2.
Toto Wolff nonetheless desires Mercedes to stay with their distinctive design on the W13 and is hopeful modifications all year long will finally see Mercedes return to the highest.