The tight battle for the 2021 World Championship , between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, is perhaps the most exciting in recent years, a fight in which every move must be carefully calibrated, because every single point could be the decisive one.
Right now Verstappen is the current leader, but his advantage over Hamilton is just of six points, so things are hanging by a thread and every race could be the crucial one.
Daniel Ricciardo, current McLaren driver, who raced alongside the Dutchman from 2016 to 2018 at Red Bull, expressed his thoughts on the Championship, recognizing Max Verstappen the power of "novelty", at the expense of a 7-time World Champion who everyone now knows and has experienced the feeling many times.
"The rivalry they've had this year has been pretty awesome, as a fan,” Ricciardo told MotorLat and other selected media when asked about the matter.
“I think they've left it all out there. So from that point of view, I think they are where they are. I think it's fair at the moment, in terms of they are nip-and-tuck, so no preference.
"I think obviously people do like to see like a fresh face, so maybe Max is the more popular vote, because it would be a first title for him, and it's something new and exciting for everyone. So that's always like you've got that feel-good story," he added.
"As long as no misfortune is involved, then I think the guy that wins is the one that's going to deserve it."
Also his teammate, Lando Norris, added his thoughts when he was asked to comment the fight for the Championship:
“I would like to win it, to be honest, I think it’s just a bit far away now,” - he said jokingly – “But, I don’t mind, I support Lewis but I’m also a good mate with Max, I think just whoever wins, I think they’ve been very equal all season,” he explained.
“I spend more time with Max,” Ricciardo added – “Travelling and stuff, you know, maybe sharing flight together, but I think as Lando said, we wish it was us, but in that situation I think just 'May the best man win',” he concluded.