Another Verstappen-Hamilton clash inevitable says Prost

SEPTEMBER 5, 2021

Another Verstappen-Hamilton clash inevitable says Prost

Start, British GP 2021
© Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd.

In the hours before they race off to turn 1 at Zandvoort, F1 legend Alain Prost admits that another clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton is "almost inevitable".

However, the Frenchman - once locked in similar title battles with the great Ayrton Senna - admits he is enjoying the intensity of the 2021 duel.

"I also watch the whole thing as a fan," Prost, a senior Alpine official, told De Telegraaf.

"And I hope the fight will last until the last race. As a fan, you want to see drivers fight bitterly like Max and Lewis are doing right now."

At Verstappen's home Dutch GP, the Dutchman and Mercedes' Hamilton are starting one-two with almost identical pace, raising the prospect of another Silverstone-like clash.

"What happened at Silverstone is not necessarily what you want to see, but it's almost inevitable," 66-year-old Prost said.

"I hope it doesn't happen too often."

However, Prost is still relishing the tantalising match-up of the young fighter Verstappen against the established seven time world champion Hamilton.

"Max is a fighter who can put Lewis under pressure and that's good for the sport," he said.

"Everyone is a fan of Max since he started in Formula 1. I still remember interviewing him after his first win and being amazed at how mature he was.

"Of course he has made his mistakes, but that's part of the process. In the meantime, he hardly makes mistakes anymore and has a wealth of experience."

(GMM)

Other stories for SEPTEMBER 5, 2021

RACE NOTES - VERSTAPPEN WINS DUTCH GRAND PRIX

SUNDAY PHOTOS

SUNDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES

RACE RESULTS

VERSTAPPEN FANS WANT TO SEE A WIN SAYS MARKO

ANOTHER VERSTAPPEN-HAMILTON CLASH INEVITABLE SAYS PROST

KUBICA KNEW F1 SUBSTITUTE DRIVE WOULD BE HARD

NORRIS INTELLIGENCE KEY TO BEATING RICCIARDO

HAAS TEAMMATE RELATIONSHIP SUFFERING SAYS STEINER

ASTON MARTIN REJECTS ALONSO SPECULATION

ALBON NOT DENYING RUMOURS OF 2022 F1 RETURN