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Sport Most dramatic F1 moments of the season so far including Silverstone and Monza flashpoints

11:46  05 december  2021
11:46  05 december  2021 Source:   express.co.uk

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The F1 season is drawing to a close and either Lewis Hamilton or Max Verstappen will be crowned champion. The pair have battled right through this campaign and exchanged the lead in the title race several times.

Their will to win and desire to be better than the other has seen them collide on more than one occasion and as a result, verbal confrontations between their teams have ensued.

Hamilton and Vertsappen have been at the forefront of one of the most compelling seasons in F1 history, and Express Sport will now take a look at some of its most dramatic moments.

Hamilton and Vertsappen Silverstone crash

The Mercedes and Red Bull rivalry intensified after the Dutchman bowed out of the British Grand Prix after contact with Hamilton on the opening lap.

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As the lights went out, Hamilton had a seemingly excellent start from second on the grid, immediately attacking his main championship rival into turn one at Silverstone circuit, in front of a cheering home crowd, as the pair went wheel-to-wheel in an epic battle for the lead.

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Lewis Hamilton and max Verstappen © GETTY Lewis Hamilton and max Verstappen

The pair then spent the next seven corners duelling for the lead of the race, until finally the two came together at turn nine with the Red Bull sent cascading heavily into the barriers.

The Dutchman was seen climbing out of the car, away from his stricken car, as the championship leader's race was over, with the red flag being shown moments after.

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner was heard on the radio fuming at Michael Masi, the race director, with the Briton firmly placing the blame on Hamilton, who went on to win an excellent race.

Hamilton and Verstappen collide... again

The drivers crashed out of the Italian Grand Prix after a huge incident at the Rettifilo chicane on lap 26 of the Italian GP.

Tensions were heightened from the start as Hamilton fumed on the radio, claiming the Dutchman "pushed him wide" during the opening few laps.

Shortly after, though, Verstappen and Hamilton both pitted for new tyres, with the two title protagonists meeting each other as the Briton rejoined the track.

Hamilton emerged from the pits alongside the Dutchman, as the pair headed towards the first chicane, with neither seemingly yielding, with Verstappen bumping over the sausage kerbs and ending up on top of his main title rival with both beached in the gravel.

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Verstappen received a penalty for his role in the incident, and at the following Russia GP, Hamilton would go on to win his 100th F1 race.

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Christian Horner rants

Red Bull's team principal has not held back with his savage remarks this season, most of which have been saved for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes.

Horner described the seven-time F1 champion's victory at Silverstone as 'hollow' following his collison with Verstappen and hoped Hamilton was 'happy with himself'

He then received a warning at the Qatar GP for suggesting one of the marshalls went 'rogue' after the decision was made to hand Verstappen a five-place grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags during qualifying.

The 48-year-old has also been suspicious of Mercedes' superior straight-line speed since the Sao Paulo GP and the legitimacy of their rear wing.

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Lando Norris' heartbreak in Russia

McLaren's Lando Norris was left fighting back tears in the aftermath of the Russian Grand Prix after missing out on his maiden Formula One victory at Sochi because of rain disrupting the last few laps of the race.

After battling it out to hold off the reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton, Norris had a handful of laps remaining in the race before rain began dropping in the pitlane.

With Hamilton less than a second behind Norris, the 21-year-old was seen slipping in the McLaren, holding on to the top spot as the track became slippery with the dry weather tyres.

The rain however turned from a few spots to a downpour and Hamilton was forced to switch to the intermediate tyres with Mercedes adamant there was more rain coming.

Crucially, however, Norris ignored multiple calls from his team to come in and remained out, but could barely control the McLaren with the gap dropping second by second and spun off to allow Hamilton to take the lead of the race.

Norris limped back to the pits with Hamilton blasting past him to take his 100th win at Sochi, with Max Verstappen coming home in second after starting P20.

Norris eventually finished seventh.

Lando Norris © GETTY Lando Norris

Hamilton not happy with Turkish GP strategy

The Briton was not happy after Mercedes opted to pit the him for fresh tyres during the latter stages of the Turkish Grand Prix.

Sitting in third place, Hamilton originally ignored the call from the team to come in and change for a fresh pair of intermediate tyres.

After starting 11th thanks to a 10-place grid penalty for changing his engine ahead of practice, Hamilton carved his way through the pack, finding himself up in third after a brilliant battle with Red Bull's Sergio Perez.

The seven-time world champion was then told to pit for new tyres but ignored the call, telling the team "I'm going to stay out" on the same set of tyres he started the race on, however after admitting he was starting to lose grip, he dove into the pits on lap 51 of 58.

Rejoining in fifth place, the gamble didn't pay off for Mercedes, with Hamilton struggling to get past the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc.

The 36-year-old, who went on to finish fifth, was heard on the team radio to his team, clearly angry at the decision and he said: "We shouldn't have come in, massive graining man. I told you."

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