Excited by the duel between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen this season, Mika Häkkinen believes that the seven-time World Champion now has the benefit, even when the Pink Bull driver continues to be chief of the championship and even has a primary theoretical alternative to be topped on the subsequent Grand Prix in Jeddah. Within the eyes of the Finn, Mercedes’ efforts with its 2021 single-seater are paying off at the absolute best time.
“If Method 1 had been a tennis match, I’d say ‘Benefit Hamilton’ after dominating victories in Brazil and Qatar”, advances the double World Champion in his column for Unibet. “Although Max Verstappen leads the World Championship with an eight level lead, Mercedes responded by giving Lewis Hamilton a automotive he can actually battle with to defend his title. On Sunday Lewis was completely in management after his huge efficiency. in qualifying. His Mercedes did not have the identical prime velocity benefit as in Brazil, the place it had a brand new engine, however within the corners of Qatar it had a transparent benefit over Pink Bull. “
“After the occasions in Brazil, it was Max’s flip to take a penalty in Qatar, after not slowing down below a double yellow flag. This is without doubt one of the most necessary security guidelines in Method 1, which requires drivers to decelerate and be able to cease. As Lewis did in Brazil, Max shortly acquired again into the race, dropping fourth within the first lap. The world title contenders had been on one other stage and competitors far behind. “
We’re witnessing a sporting conflict between Mercedes and Pink Bull.
Mika Häkkinen doesn’t hesitate to speak about “sports activities conflict” between the completely different actors, in a very tense context. He additionally aspires to a spectacular ending within the final spherical of the season, in Abu Dhabi.
Verstappen and Hamilton on the end of the Grand Prix of Qatar.
“For my part, we’re witnessing a sports activities conflict between Mercedes and Pink Bull”, he assures. “It is a battle between Lewis and Max, between bosses Toto Wolff and Christian Horner, and between the two,000 individuals who work for them. We have seen some tense occasions earlier than and I do know we’ll see extra. […] If Lewis wins once more in Saudi Arabia and units the quickest lap within the race, and Max finishes second – a robust chance – the 2 drivers will enter the ultimate spherical of the championship on a stage taking part in subject. It will be a unprecedented finish to an extremely shut season. “
Whereas extra-sporting controversies have punctuated the final two conferences, at Interlagos then Losail, the previous driver additionally underlines the “extremely tough job to do” of the FIA to referee the duel. “They made robust selections in Brazil and so they needed to do the identical in Qatar”, he specifies. “It exhibits that officers try to take a balanced strategy, to let the riders race but in addition to remind everybody that the foundations should be adopted. In any other case, it is chaos.”
Blown away by Alonso
Fernando Alonso on the rostrum at Losail.
Along with the battle on the prime, Mika Häkkinen loved Fernando Alonso’s comeback on the rostrum on the Qatar Grand Prix, the Finn praising the Spaniard’s longevity and his uncompromising dedication.
“He began racing in Method 1 18 months after I retired, and his first podium was over 18 years in the past!” he remarks. “Kudos to him for sustaining the main focus, health and fervour to race at this stage for thus lengthy. As soon as once more Fernando confirmed his nice talent early within the race, having fun with a great grid place. after the penalties inflicted on Max and Valtteri Bottas. I discover that his maneuver from the surface on Pierre Gasly within the first spherical exhibits all of the years of expertise and the arrogance that goes with it. It was like the great outdated days to see Hamilton -Alonso on the prime of the leaderboard. “