Former F1 driver Mark Webber revealed the existence of some “scars that need healing” between 2021 title protagonists Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

Hamilton and Verstappen rivalled each other for the world championship. Verstappen aimed to win his first one and Hamilton his eighth. It was an intense all-consuming affair that went to the last lap of the last race of the season.

Throughout the year, the two drivers stopped at nothing to get ahead of the other. It naturally resulted in some tussles, collisions and crashes, with two impactful ones occurring at Silverstone and Monza.

Webber revealed the existence of some “scars that need healing” between Hamilton and Verstappen, saying it would take time for the tension and the rivalry to dissipate.

“It’s hard, I think we need a year off. They need a year off. There’s still some old scars there that need some healing,” Webber told Wide World of Sports, as quoted by Racingnews365.com.

The outcome that has cracked the foundations of F1. Source: Getty Images

“That might be done after their careers, they can have a red wine together. But while they’re racing against each other they’ll be big rivals, and that’s what we want in the sport.”

Cruel ending

“For the sport, we were all disappointed it ended like that, it’s not how we wanted it to end,” the Australian continued.

“Both of them deserved to lift that trophy, but we did not want it to finish like that at all.

“We wanted a straight fight, a clean fight, and unfortunately there was one guy with his hand tied behind his back.

“Of course, in hindsight, they would all agree we could have done something different, what happened wasn’t the ideal scenario,” he concluded.

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