Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have a close top duel, and the big question is: Who will be the F1 world champion in 202? Charles Leclerc, Esteban Ocon, Kimi Raikkonen and George Russell give their tips.
Seven races are still on this year’s World Championship program and the duel between title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen could hardly be closer. This is not only enjoyed by the GP fans, the Formula 1 colleagues are also looking forward to the exciting top fight between the defending champion from the Mercedes team and the Red Bull Racing challenger.
Ferrari star Charles Leclerc emphasizes: “It is impossible to answer the question of who will be world champions this year. Both are very competitive this season and of course I would like to fight there too, but unfortunately that’s not the case. ”
The 23-year-old guesses the Dutchman, as he reveals: “I have a feeling that Max will be in front in the end because it seems that he has the nose in more races than Lewis Hamilton. But that’s just my feeling. Lewis is extremely consistent and always up front. It will definitely be very tight. But when it comes to my gut feeling, then I would guess Max. ”
Alpine talent Esteban Ocon, on the other hand, believes that Lewis Hamilton will win the eighth world title and thus set a new record: «« I’m counting on Lewis, even if I think that Red Bull Racing and Max have been a bit faster on average so far. But I trust Mercedes that they can turn the tide. ”
George Russell agrees with the French. “It will certainly remain tight, but Mercedes and Lewis have the experience, they have been through and won the world title fight for the last seven years. I think that will play into their hands when the going gets tough. But Red Bull Racing and Max were also incredibly quick. In view of the latest experience, however, I believe that Lewis and Mercedes will have the upper hand in the end, ”suspects the Williams driver, who will be able to accelerate in the Mercedes next year as a team-mate of the seven-time champion.
Kimi Raikkonen, on the other hand, cannot be persuaded to give a tip. «Whoever has more points in the end, will win. I hope it will be decided on the track and not by failures or something. That would be good for Formula 1 and it would be pretty boring if we could say now who will triumph in the end.”