Lewis Hamilton appeared to ignore Max Verstappen in the recovery room after the Austrian F1 Grand Prix | F1


The respectful chatter between teammates, commonplace in the post-race room where they have to weigh themselves, has been replaced by steely awkwardness.

Verstappen, who finished second, sat down as Hamilton, who completed the podium, entered the room.

Hamilton weighed himself, put his helmet down, then walked out of the room without looking at Verstappen or exchanging a word.

The rivalry that culminated in the infamous final round of the 2021 season has resurfaced in recent weeks behind Red Bull and Mercedes’ star drivers, their team principles and even their respective armies of fans.

Hamilton had praised Charles Leclerc at the British Grand Prix as “sensitive” in a clear dig at Verstappen’s driving style.

Verstappen responded by saying sarcastically, “I think it’s great that, when you’re 37, at some point you figure out how to peak.”

Christian Horner and Toto Wolff, bosses of Red Bull and Mercedes respectively, also clashed over F1 rules.

And both drivers have received hostile receptions from their rival’s fans over the past week.

After Hamilton left the chill room in Austria, Ferrari’s race winner Leclerc entered.

Verstappen told Leclerc about Carlos Sainz’s retirement: “Did you see the fire?

Leclerc: “Yes.”

Verstappen: “You were quick today.”

Leclerc: “I know.


About Author

Comments are closed.