The needle between 2021 title foes Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen continues.

The needle between the main enemies of 2021 Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen continues the race.

They may not have repeated last year’s hyper-intense title battle, but that didn’t stop Hamilton’s British fans from booing Dutchman Verstappen a week ago at Silverstone.

And in Austria, with around 50,000 Dutch fans in attendance, the crowd cheered as Hamilton crashed out of qualifying.

“We need to talk more to the fans cheering when the car is in the wall or booing the driver doing an interview.” Mercedes the boss Toto Wolff said.

But the latest feud has been fueled by an ongoing war of words between Hamilton and reigning world champion Verstappen, 24.

For example, after Silverstone, Hamilton was surprised at how he could scrap metal Charles Leclerc at Copse corner and didn’t crash like he did with Verstappen the year before.

“He’s a very smart driver,” Hamilton said of Leclerc. “Obviously a lot different than what I felt last year.”

Verstappen replied: “I think Charles gave him less space than I did last year, so that says it all,” Verstappen replied.

“But I think it’s really good that at the age of 37 you can still learn to take the apex. It’s good for young drivers to know you can still learn at 37,” he quipped.

Verstappen also rejected Hamilton’s assumption that in 2022 Red Bull has a flexible floor, insisting that the Mercedes is the “most flexible” on the grid.

Meanwhile, in a hilarious off-track session, Verstappen singled out Hamilton as F1’s “biggest exhibition”.

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