Can rain shift the F1 power balance from Max Verstappen to Lewis Hamilton at Styrian GP?

After the French Grand Prix, the Formula One paddock heads to Austria for a double-header at the Red Bull Ring. Furthermore, what makes the upcoming race so exciting, the possibility of having rain.

Fans of Lewis Hamilton might rejoice, as the Knight is one of the most dominating in wet conditions, as seen last year in qualifying in Austria, where he took pole positions by 1.2 seconds.

Hence, title-leader, Max Verstappen is on edge as he aims to keep Hamilton behind him in the standings. But, is well aware of what the Mercedes driver can do in rain-soaked condition.

Can Lewis Hamilton turn the tables on Verstappen at the Styrian Grand Prix?

After having missed the chance to win the race at Paul Ricard, as Verstappen stole his lead in the closing laps of the race. Hamilton is determined to make amends at the upcoming race in Austria. Furthermore, Hamilton is already optimistic after seeing the weather as the chances of rain happening are high.

It should be noted, when Hamilton was here last time in the 2020 season, he achieved pole position under similar conditions. Another fact is how well Lewis drove at the Turkish Grand Prix under horrid conditions and come out on top and claim his seventh world title.

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Hamilton’s fight to regain the lead in the championship continues

The Mercedes driver lost the lead in the title at the Monaco Grand Prix, where he placed seventh and his rival, Verstappen took the victory. Later, Hamilton lost the opportunity to capitalize at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, as Max was out of the race, but a costly mistake saw him finish outside the point-scoring position.

Then later, at the French Grand Prix, it looked Hamilton was set to win the race, and bridge the four-point gap to Verstappen. However, the Dutch driver overtook him in the closing laps of the race and earned twenty-six points, earning an extra one for having the fastest lap. It extends his lead in the title race by twelve points and hopes to increase the gap heading into the next race.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

But with conditions favoring Hamilton, for the Styrian Grand Prix. Lewis might use this as his chance to take the fight to the Red Bull prodigy and regain the lead for the 2021 championship.

Do you think that Lewis is the king of rain, and looks favorite to win at the Red Bull Ring this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

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