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Formula 1: Hamilton-Verstappen duel
Max Verstappen – Photo Credit: Wikimedia
The title duel between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton is exactly what Formula One needs and the sport should stand back and enjoy the ride, former grand prix racer Mark Webber said.
Red Bull’s Verstappen and Mercedes’ seven-time world champion Hamilton have gone wheel to wheel repeatedly, with the duo colliding on the opening lap of this month’s British Grand Prix.
The reaction to that clash has triggered fears the battle could boil over, with Formula One’s motorsport head Ross Brawn calling for calm heads after both sides traded accusations.
Australian Webber, winner of nine grands prix between 2009 to 2012, was in favour of letting it all play out.
Verstappen leads the championship by eight points after drawing a blank at Silverstone, where he crashed out and Hamilton won.
Webber said the sense of occasion had been extraordinary as 140,000 fans attended the race day while the two main contenders were facing off from the front row. “I think that Lewis is magical at Budapest, he’s absolutely phenomenal at that track,” said Webber. “Mind you also Max is handy as well.”
Hamilton won a record eight times in Budapest with seven pole positions. Last year he won from pole and also set the fastest lap.