Charles Leclerc believes his tussles with Max Verstappen during this year’s championship have been a “little bit less aggressive” and a lot more respectful compared to yesteryear.

Rivals since childhood, Leclerc and Verstappen’s rivalry has carried through to Formula 1 with the two going wheel-to-wheel for this year’s World title.

Their latest action came at the Austrian Grand Prix where Leclerc overtook Verstappen three times on his way to victory, none of those battles over the line.

It was a sharp contrast to their 2019 Austrian Grand Prix fight in which Leclerc felt Verstappen had pushed him off track, and cited that as a reason to get his elbows out against the Dutchman in the very next race at Silverstone.

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