McLaren ready to profit from looming Hamilton-Verstappen clash

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McLaren ready to profit from looming Hamilton-Verstappen clash

McLaren boss Zak Brown thinks it's only a matter of time before Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen come to blows on the track, and that could create an opportunity for the Woking-based outfit.

Hamilton leads his arch-rival three wins to one and by 14 points in the Drivers' standings after four races, although Verstappen has actually led more laps than his opponent.

As the intensity of the pair's on-track battles surges with each passing race, Brown believes an inevitable clash is lurking up ahead

"I think rivalries are great for the sport and having those two guys go at it is good," Brown said, speaking at the launch of McLaren's one-off Gulf livery for this week's Monaco Grand Prix.

"Hopefully, at some point over the course a year, that creates an opportunity for us, because I think it is just a matter of time until they both are determined to not let up in to Turn 1 and neither come out."

Regardless of the outcome of the battle between Hamilton and Verstappen, the close fighting is a big benefit for Formula 1 insists Brown.

"I think it's great for F1," said the American. "Lewis has had a pretty easy ride out, apart from his one year with Nico [Rosberg].

"So I think it's a great rivalry. I think Max has gotten Lewis to step up, not that he's needed much stepping up. But he's definitely on his A game.

"I think it's clear that Lewis is a very smart driver. You can just see him sitting there waiting to strike and isn't kind of over eager. I think that's his experience coming through."

  • Read also: Hamilton 'learned a lot' about Verstappen in Spanish GP

McLaren's Lando Norris believes a good part of the on-track tension between F1's two front-runners is created by Verstappen, who needs to go out on a limb to gain an edge on his rival because he has a slower car.

"Max goes for those opportunities, like Turn 1 [in Spain]," said Norris. "It was quite a risky thing.

"If Lewis had turned in, they would have crashed. So Max was pretty committed with his move. But they are the opportunities Max needs to take at this stage because they [Red Bull] are a bit slower.

"But it's also what makes it fun, because then Lewis has to come back through and try to get past him. So it's fun."

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Reutemann transferred out of ICU as condition improves

Former F1 driver Carlos Reutemann has reportedly left the intensive care unit at Rosario's Sanatorio Parque clinic after... The post Reutemann transferred out of ICU as condition improves appeared first on F1i.com.

Reutemann transferred out of ICU as condition improves

Former F1 driver Carlos Reutemann has reportedly left the intensive care unit at Rosario's Sanatorio Parque clinic after the Argentinian Senator's physical condition improved following a case of digestive hemorrhage.

Reutemann was recently admitted to a hospital in Sante Fe after suffering from anemia and internal bleeding. But the 79-year-old's condition required his transfer to Rosario where he underwent an endoscopic procedure and remained in the ICU.

The twelve-time Grand Prix winner was said to be in stable condition after last Tuesday's intervention. On Sunday, it was reported that Reutemann's sustained improving health allowed for his transfer out of IC and into a private room at Rosario's Sanatorio Parque.

"This morning the national senator and former governor Carlos Reutemann, who has been hospitalized in Rosario since Saturday, May 8, after being in intensive care for several days, he was transferred to the general ward," reported Argentine newspaper La Capital.

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Reutemann was accompanied during his ordeal by daughters Cora and Mariana , and his wife Veronica.

On Twitter on Sunday, Mariana Reutemann posted a picture of her father sitting upright in his hospital bed reading the local paper.

Reutemann took part in 146 Grands Prix from 1972 to 1982, winning races with Brabham, Ferrari and Williams, and missed out on the 1981 F1 world championship by a single point against Nelson Piquet.

After retiring from motorsport, Reutemann embarked on a political career in his home country, becoming the governor of his native province of Santa Fe. He has served in Argentina's senate since 2003.

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