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Jacques Villeneuve

Why Villeneuve doesn't see Senna vs Prost in Hamilton vs Verstappen

Heated rivalries are nothing new to F1, with many pointing to the battle between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost as the finest the sport has scene. While many have compared Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen's rivalry to it, Jacques Villeneuve disagrees.

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Although many have compared this season's battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen to that of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, former F1 World Champions Jacques Villeneuve doesn't see it.

The comparison is one many fans and former drivers, including Mika Hakkinen, have pointed out in the past as this season's championship battle heats up. However Villeneuve, who won the 1997 World Championship after his own spirited battle with Michael Schumacher, believes Hamilton's rivalry with Nico Rosberg was more like the famed battle from the late 1980s and early 90s.

"No," Villeneuve told Motorsport-Magazin.com when asked if he saw the parallel. "If you look at Senna vs Prost, there was a lot that happened outside the car.

"Senna vs Prost could have happened when it was Nico [Rosberg], when there was real enmity that doesn't exist now. The gladiator side, the grudge outside the car is not there. Let's wait and see. Senna and Prost had seven titles between them!

"[Charles] Leclerc can also be in the fight if the car works. It's not like back then. Besides, Prost and Senna were teammates."

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