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Boxer Tyson Fury has defended Max Verstappen by insisting that the Red Bull driver’s ‘bad boy’ reputation is unfair. Verstappen will attempt to win his first World Championship on Sunday by beating fierce rival Lewis Hamilton at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Dutchman goes into the meeting level on 369.5 points with Hamilton.
Verstappen can become the World Champion by finishing ahead of the Brit. He will also win if neither finish as he has more Grand Prix wins this season.
The pair’s tense battle has been the highlight of an enthralling campaign.
They have clashed on several occasions, including at Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
At one point, Verstappen slowed down to let the Mercedes star pass, but Hamilton instead crashed into the back of the Red Bull car.
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The 24-year-old could have won the World Championship in Jeddah but Hamilton was victorious, incredibly setting up a crunch title-decider in Abu Dhabi.
Verstappen has largely been blamed for several of the pair’s collisions in 2021.
However, two-time world heavyweight champion Fury has told the media and fans to cool down with suggestions that the Red Bull driver is a ‘bad boy’.
“Just been doing a bit of reading up about the F1 rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, how Max is being made out to be a bit of a bad boy in the media,” Fury said.
“I know what it feels like to be treated badly by the media. It’s not nice, especially when you’re young and your ambitious and you want to win.
“Give him a bit of a break, he’s only trying his best. Good luck to both of them in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.”
Fury continued that the clashes between Verstappen and Hamilton were similar to those of James Hunter and Nicki Lauda, which earned Hollywood acclaim with a film starring Chris Hemsworth.
“This rivalry reminds me a bit of James Hunter and Nicki Lauda, racing for the title. Who is going to win it? C’mon the boys!”
Verstappen was handed a penalty for one of his clashes with Hamilton in Jeddah.
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And the 24-year-old has suggested that penalties are spoiling Formula One.
After being told that he had been awarded Driver of the Day, he said: “Luckily the fans have a clear mind about racing, because what happened today is unbelievable.
“I’m just trying to race and this sport is more about penalties than racing, so for me this is not Formula 1.
“But at least the fans enjoyed it and I gave it all today, but clearly not quick enough. But still happy with second.”
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