Verstappen races more ‘cleanly’ with Leclerc than with Hamilton

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Former F1 drivers Martin Brundle and Jolyon Palmer have noticed that Max Verstappen is racing more ‘cleanly’ with Charles Leclerc than he did with Lewis Hamilton.

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have been in some fierce on-track battles during the 2021 Formula 1 season, and Max often pushed them to the limit.

It was especially obvious in the latter parts of the season, when Lewis couldn’t afford a DNF, while Max was not opposed to risking a collision in their on-track encounters.

However, in his battles with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc this year, Verstappen has raced much more ‘cleanly’.

This was also noticed by former F1 driver Martin Brundle after the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix.

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“Verstappen’s defence was firm but very fair, and with significantly less aggression than he dished out to Hamilton last season,” Brundle said.

Former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer highlighted the same thing on Formula 1’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix review show.

“I do like the way he is racing now,” Palmer said.

“It’s much more clean than it was sometimes with Max and Lewis last year. The two [Verstappen and Leclerc] have a lot of respect for each other.

“Hopefully it will stay that way for a long time, because the racing is fun to watch and goes on for laps,” the Briton concluded.

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