Freddie Hunt is on the edge of his seat this Formula 1 season. The son of former Formula 1 driver James Hunt likens the fight between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton to the battle his father had with Niki Lauda. “Verstappen is more like my father than Hamilton.”
The battle for the championship this year is unprecedentedly exciting. Lewis Hamilton is only two points ahead of Max Verstappen after fifteen races. The duel between the seven-time world champion and the Dutch challenger is reminiscent of other epic battles. Freddie Hunt, son of F1 driver James Hunt, likens the 2021 title fight to his father’s championship year. “This season is probably the best championship I’ve ever seen. I think it’s a bit like the championship in 1976. It’s extremely close together and very exciting,” Hunt said. La Gazetta dello Sport.
When Hunt Jr. has to choose which of the current title rivals most resembles his father, he is very clear about it. “Verstappen is more like my father than Lewis. In reality, Hamilton is nothing like James.” Hunt was a driver who smoked and drank during a season and didn’t care what others said about him.
Yet Hunt sees one big difference between the battle his father had with Niki Lauda in 1976 and now. “There is no respect on the track,” said the son of the former Formula 1 driver. “Niki and my father had more respect for each other and left more room in the fights. They knew that if they took too many risks, they could kill a friend.”
Formula 1 today is of course also a lot safer than in the 1970s. Hunt cites the collision between Verstappen and Hamilton during the British Grand Prix as an example. “At that time, Max would certainly not have gotten out of the car so easily after an accident like in Copse, given the speed with which he hit the wall.”