MAXIMUM ATTACK
CAR|December 2021
The F1 title fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen has ignited the sport in 2021 ...but theirs is not the only example of an F1 rivalry that's boiled over into sheer melodrama
Stuart Johnston
The big difference between the two major on-track clashes involving Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton this year was simple, old-fashioned speed. At Silverstone's flat-out Copse Corner - where Lewis made a dive down the inside that sent Max Verstappen into the barriers and left him lucky to escape serious injury - the mid-corner speed is over 300 km/h. At the Monza chicane, where another argy-bargy saw the controversial sausage kerbs flip the Red Bull on top of the Mercedes, the contact speed was only in the region of 20 km/h.

From the title-challenge perspective, Max undoubtedly came off worst following both incidents. In Lewis' home Grand Prix, the stewards gave the Brit a 10-second penalty. It still enabled him to comfortably win the race, though, as he was already in the lead and had by far the fastest car on the track. Post-Monza, with both cars unable to continue, Max was docked three grid positions for the following race at Sochi. Only a late-race downpour in Russia enabled him to employ exceptional wet-weather skills to rescue a second place, otherwise, he was destined for a spot outside the top six.

As you're reading this, chances are you will already have formed heated opinions about what transpired. If you are a Max fan, you might regard the Copse clash as potentially life-threatening owing to the super high approach speed and lack of circumspection regarding Lewis' lunge.

If you're in Lewis' camp, you probably feel the same way about the Monza entanglement. Max's overtaking attempt was optimistic, to say the least, and his spinning rear wheel landed perilously close to the Brit's helmeted head after the Red Bull launched on top of the Mercedes roll hoop.

Now then: isn't it great we have again been impassioned by a classic season of oldfashioned, nail-biting rivalry, between the top two drivers in the world? There is no doubt, right now, Max Verstappen is the heir-apparent to the crown as King of Formula One. Imagine if they were competing in the same team!

GREAT F1 RIVALRIES OF THE PAST

The pit lane on any Formula One weekend probably has more alpha-dog type personalities per square metre than any other place on Earth. When all the stars align and two drivers with equal levels of talent and determination find themselves in identical machinery, the result can be akin to a nuclear explosion. And yes, the surrounding atmosphere can become extremely toxic.

Nowhere was this more evident than in the clashes between Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell in the 1986-'87 seasons. When Mansell arrived at Williams in '86, double World Champion Piquet was regarded as one of the best drivers in the world and he expected to romp home to a third world title, given the reliability from the Honda engines, which had been the machinery to beat in the latter part of '85.

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