With one trying to be the GOAT and the other hungry for his first, Danica Patrick believes F1 is seeing a “more competitive nature” come out in both Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

This year’s championship is arguably the most thrilling that Formula 1 has witnessed in years.

After a seven-year run of championship doubles for Mercedes, in which Hamilton won six World titles, the Brackley squad and their record-equalling seven-time World Champion are facing a serious threat to their reign.

Verstappen has a six-point advantage over Hamilton, the Dutchman having won seven races to Hamilton’s five.

He though, also has more DNFs with three so far this season, two of which were the result of clashes with Hamilton, the Brit recording his one retirement in their Monza crash.

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