Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen dream team? Dutch pundit wants them to unite

Sam Cooper
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the pre-season photo call. Bahrain February 2023

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the pre-season photo call in Bahrain.

Dutch racer Tom Coronel says he still has hope to one day see Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen driving in the same team.

The Dutchman and Briton have become the two leading figures in F1 of late with the last six Drivers’ Championships being shared between the pair. They were also central figures in the gripping 2021 title race that went all the way to the final lap of the final race and proved to be one of the closest F1 seasons in decades.

While that rivalry has somewhat cooled of late largely due to Red Bull’s dominance but also Mercedes’ downfall, the rivalry between the two drivers is still there from the outside at least.

Comments about each other have been rare from the pair but there continues to be the debate over just which one is the better driver with both being universally accepted as a cut above the other drivers on this year’s grid.

It seems that is a question that is destined to go unanswered with it appearing unlikely that both drivers will race in the same car but Dutch driver Coronel has hope to see it, believing that if they are in the same team then the world will finally know who is better.

“I’m still curious about the duo Max and Hamilton,” he said on RacingNews365’s podcast. “I would just like to see them in the same car. Yes, really! And I know there are several, because I want the truth to come out.

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“I’m telling you, if that’s going to happen, Red Bull and Max-Hamilton… let them play outside [on track]! I’m just curious to see what’s going to happen. Then the truth will finally come out because it’s still the question: who is the best of all time?”

In terms of statistics, it is Hamilton who leads the way but he is 13 years older than Verstappen. The former McLaren man has won 103 races, 65 more than the Red Bull driver ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix but Verstappen’s recent form has been as dominant as any of Hamilton’s runs.

Since the start of the 2021 season, Verstappen has won 57% of all races including 15 of 22 in 2022. That record looks only set to increase given the RB19 dominance in 2023.

Coronel called both men “the two best drivers you could talk about” before agreeing that while Hamilton was one the one who broke all the records, that was “because he’s been in F1 longer.”