Lewis Hamilton described his driving style in a way that is eerily similar to his title rival Max Verstappen. The duo took part in a competition for the ages in 2021 before the Dutchman finally prevailed and took the crown in Abu Dhabi.
It was a controversial season, no more than the final at Yas Marina.
In footage that has been replayed around the world, Verstappen was given a lifeline with one lap to go when FIA Race Director Michael Masi contentiously brought the couple bumper to bumper.
The Red Bull man prevailed in an exciting duel on fresher tires and won his first world title in the process.
Hamilton and the Mercedes garage were stunned, and understandably so, considering that they had been comfortably driving for most of the race.
Since then, not much has been heard from Hamilton, and Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff then refused to rule out the resignation of the Briton.
But fans are invariably hoping that both Verstappen and Hamilton will return for the 2022 season, with the pair’s heated fights leading to blockbuster viewers.
And although they did not always agree, the description of the Mercedes man’s own driving style suggests a striking similarity.
When asked to describe his driving style, from the PETRONAS Motorsport On YouTube channel he replied simply: “Aggressive.”
Throughout the 2021 season, many would have attributed the aggressive style to Verstappen rather than Hamilton.
In fact, the Dutchman was counted as an early turn overtaking maneuver against Hamilton in Abu Dhabi, and his final lap overtaking maneuvers were pulled in by a daring nosedive.
Verstappen was also central to the drama that unfolded in Brazil when he met Hamilton in the 48th
Although the Red Bull man does not give up a place so easily, Hamilton’s assessment of his own driving style was also clearly visible at times during the season.
At Silverstone, his controversial rise inside resulted in Verstappen falling at high speed and rushing him to the hospital before the Briton eventually won the race.
Although it can be described as aggressive, Red Bull boss Christian Horner thought it was an exaggeration.
“Lewis has more than enough experience to know that this is unacceptable and as I said, I’m just very disappointed that a driver of his caliber should take such a step,” he told Sky Sports F1.
“It’s dangerous, he put a competitor in danger, it looked desperate and thank God unharmed, he’s in the hospital and is being examined.”