The showdown that Formula 1 fans have been wanting for years is finally here – Hamilton vs Verstappen, the all-time great against the pretender to his crown. A rivalry which has been simmering under the surface for some time has finally boiled over, with clashes both on and off the track.
Verstappen was forced to give Hamilton the lead back in Bahrain after having passed him off track, before he got his own back by shoving the Mercedes aside at both Imola and Barcelona.
After several emphatic Verstappen wins, Hamilton struck back at Silverstone by indicating to his Red Bull rival that he wasn’t going to simply cede position going into Copse on the opening lap. The two connected –Verstappen in the wall while Hamilton won. This is where tensions truly began.