In The Driver's Seat

Young snapping pair of Verstappen, Leclerc inject impetus into 'hard' racing

Red Bull's Max Verstappen (right) celebrates after winning the race as second placed Ferrari's Charles Leclerc stands by on the podium on June 30, 2019.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen (right) celebrates after winning the race as second placed Ferrari's Charles Leclerc stands by on the podium on June 30, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix was many things, not least of them, perhaps, a preview of how F1 may be in the not too distant future.

On the face of it, the fight been Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc was "two young lions clawin' at each other", as 1978 champion Mario Andretti once so eloquently put it after the historic battle between Gilles Villeneuve and Rene Arnoux that made the French Grand Prix, 40 years ago, one of the most sensational and memorable pieces of F1 race footage.

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