Would Max Verstappen defeat Lewis Hamilton in equal machinery?

Formula 1 fans were given the chance to pick between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in a recent poll.

Max Verstappen has beaten his rivals this season, including Lewis Hamilton, by a significant margin, currently sitting over 100 points clear of Sergio Perez in second place.

Comparisons are still made however between Verstappen and Hamilton, with many F1 fans arguing that the Dutchman simply had a much better car this season, which is entirely true, and that comparisons should be made on last season.

The 2021 season saw a battle between the two greats head down to the wire, with Verstappen only overtaking his British nemesis on the final lap in Abu Dhabi, following controversial safety car procedures.

Fans have now been given the chance to help settle the debate, with 20,000 F1 fans voting in a poll, debating which of the two drivers is faster when put in equal machinery.

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Hamilton narrowly edged the vote, with 56 per cent of the 20,000 coming to the conclusion that the seven-time world champion has still got the beating of the current champion.

Verstappen has been in a league of his own this year, currently sat on 14 wins, breaking the previous record held by Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, while Hamilton has struggled in a non-competitive Mercedes car, with the team experiencing a slow start to the new regulations.

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In a previous poll the majority of fans agreed that Verstappen could go on to be the greatest of all time, surpassing Hamilton and Schumacher’s record of seven world titles, but for now it seems that the Brit is still seen as the quickest on the grid when given a car to show it.

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Fans of the poll were also asked if Mercedes would be able to end their winless run in 2022 with a win in either Brazil or Abu Dhabi, however on 43 per cent of those who voted see this as a possibility, despite the team coming close in both Austin and Mexico.

Should Hamilton fail to stand on the top step of the podium in the last two rounds of the season, it will become the first year of his career than he has ever failed to win a single race, rubbing salt in the wounds of a miserable year for the Silver Arrows.