With two Formula 1 races left on the calendar, the tension is high in the premier class. Mika Hakkinen speaks of a real ‘sports war’ between the two camps of Mercedes and Red Bull Racing.
The championship between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton actually provides the necessary sensation every week. Also in Qatar the race management had their hands full again. This time it was Verstappen who took the lead after ignoring a double yellow flag in qualifying, which left him with a five-place grid penalty on Sunday. All of that happened after Hamilton was tackled by the stewards with a disqualification the week before.
Tough task FIA
In his column for Unibet, Hakkinen expresses his admiration for the stewards who are always between two fires. “The FIA is in between the two sides, they always have a very difficult task. They made difficult decisions in Brazil and now they had to get going again. They are trying to take a balanced approach between letting the drivers race and letting them realize that rules are there to be followed.”
All this is between the heated battle for both world titles. “In my view, we see a real sports war between Mercedes and Red Bull. It is a battle between Lewis and Max, a battle between team bosses Toto Wolff and Christian Horner and also a battle between the 2,000 people who work for both teams. We’ve seen some tense moments already and I’m convinced there’s more to come,” he concludes.