Who would win an MMA battle amongst F1 drivers?

Who’s the worst man within the Formulation 1 paddock? Max Verstappen is the favourite to win a 3rd consecutive racing championship in 2023, however is he unbeatable additionally outdoors the automotive? Lewis Hamilton could possibly be in his closing F1 season if Mercedes is not quick sufficient Once morehowever would he beat George Russell in a fistfight? What about Fernando Alonso? outdated man energy?

We discovered the person who deciphered this hypothetical situation.

A former take a look at driver for the Williams crew in 1998 – who additionally raced in IndyCar and received titles in Brazil – Max Wilson is an F1 shade commentator in his dwelling nation. In his spare time, Wilson prefers to “calm down” by buying and selling punches and kicks in a martial arts class at Diego Lima’s Chute Boxe crew in Sao Paulo, underneath the identical roof as former UFC light-weight champion Charles Oliveira.

Wilson educated in judo, jiu-jitsu, muay thai and boxing since childhood, however racing automobiles ultimately received out as a profession selection for him. We interviewed Wilson about F1 and MMA-style driver dispute decision. He now crowns the final word 2023 Formulation 1 MMA Champion for all ten F1 groups. Here is how he sees these hypothetical ten matchups.

Purple Bull: Max Verstappen vs. Sergio Perez

Effectively, if a battle goes 5 rounds and ends in a call, Max Verstappen beats Sergio Perez 50-44 – if he does not knock him out within the first spherical. We had the primary race and noticed that Verstappen wasn’t even threatened, however that does not essentially imply we noticed his full potential. It is rather frequent for a driver to drive at cruising velocity when he’s at a secure distance from different drivers. I do not know but if Verstappen will end the race with a 10-second result in a full minute, we’ll discover out later within the season.

Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton vs. George Russell

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In the event that they battle 10 occasions – and I do know nobody fights 10 occasions, I believe the file is 4 occasions between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno – I believe every fighter wins 5. Hamilton is among the finest drivers in Formulation 1 historical past. Russell clearly does not have Hamilton’s numbers, however he has proven potential and expertise. Aside from the expertise, he has the identical potential as Hamilton. Russell additionally overtook Hamilton final yr. But when they solely fought as soon as, it is a draw.

Aston Martin: Fernando Alonso vs. Lance Stroll

What Alonso has carried out is spectacular. Should you return to Formulation 1 historical past, drivers cease racing when issues get sophisticated after successful a championship. Alonso received his final championship 17 years in the past and got here near successful once more in 2007 and twice for Ferrari. He had a tough time after that, he left Formulation 1 and got here again, however he is nonetheless round. Now he has the chance to battle for the primary positions in 2023 and that is what I like about him. I’d say Alonso will win this battle by knockout or 50-44 if it involves a call.

Ferrari: Charles Leclerc vs. Carlos Sainz

I believe this battle goes to a call and Leclerc wins eight out of ten fights. Possibly Carlos Sainz would win right here or there as a result of he’s proficient, however I believe Leclerc is a degree above – however not so tall as to say he would win all 10 fights.

Alfa Romeo: Valtteri Bottas vs. Zhou Guanyu

Look, Zhou Guanyu had a spectacular rookie season final yr, did not make many errors and raced alongside Bottas. Bottas, regardless of not having nice numbers like Hamilton, has received pole place 20 occasions whereas they have been on the identical crew. He is quick, however he does not have the consistency of Hamilton or Verstappen. Going again to this battle final yr they have been shut however I’d say Bottas is the favourite due to his expertise in Formulation 1. I’d say Bottas wins 29-28 in a three-round battle.

McLaren: Lando Norris vs. oscar piastri

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It is similar to Jose Aldo’s battle with Max Holloway – not a lot due to the end result, however due to the story. You’ve got obtained a well-established man, somebody everyone knows is a genius, and one other one with nice potential. I believe that’s the case with Piastri and Norris. Even powerful Norris could be very younger, he already has nice leads to Formulation 1. Piastri has proven potential by successful Formulation 3 in his rookie yr, then successful Formulation 2 in his rookie yr after which moving into Formulation 1. He has proven potential however time will inform whether or not he can defeat the elder lion. He wasn’t shut within the first race, but it surely was his first race and we will depart him alone. I would fairly not select on this battle [laughs].

Haas: Kevin Magnussen vs. Nico Hulkenberg

Magnussen had an ideal yr in his return to Formulation 1 final yr, however my guess is on Hulkenberg. Hulkenberg is comparable [Ronaldo Souza] “Jacare”. “Jacare” had all of the potential to be a UFC champion, however he missed many occasions when he ought to have had an opportunity, however not being a UFC champion does not change the truth that he could not be one. Quite the opposite, actually. Hulkenberg’s file in Formulation 1 is like MMA’s “Jacare” file. He holds the file for many races and not using a podium, simply as “Jacare” has by no means challenged for a title. However Hulkenberg’s potential is large. Hulkenberg is among the few pilots Rubens Barrichello has praised as teammates. Regardless of these numbers and the truth that he has by no means been on the rostrum – and he’s three years away from Formulation 1 – Haas’ development to Q3 exhibits his potential. So I’d guess Hulkenberg because the winner.

Alpine: Esteban Ocon vs. Pierre Gasly

This one is a bit trickier as they solely raced as soon as as teammates and it is onerous to attract conclusions. Despite the fact that Ocon certified higher [in Bahrain], Gasly’s race was means higher than Ocon’s. I would keep on the fence for this [laughs].

AlphaTauri: Yuki Tsunoda vs. Nick de Vries

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Primarily based on the primary race, we imagined that Tsunoda could be sooner than de Vries all yr as he was doing significantly better within the race, however I think about de Vries. All the strain and pleasure of your first Formulation 1 race will get to you and impacts your efficiency. The profession story of De Vries, Formulation 2 and Formulation E champion – and I believe he has one thing that Tsunoda does not, which is professionalism. I believe he is very proficient, so my choose is de Vries, 30-27.

Williams: Alex Albon vs. Logan Sargeant

We have solely performed one of many 23 rounds of the Formulation 1 season to date, so it is too early to say something. Albon has carried out nice this yr, however so has Logan Sargeant. Sargeant has the label that he obtained into Formulation 1 not by advantage however by the truth that he’s American, however how a driver will get into Formulation 1 doesn’t essentially inform what his future might be. For instance, [Michael] Schumacher obtained into Formulation 1 because of Mercedes. Logan Sargeant was by far the most effective rookie [in Bahrain]. He did nice within the first race regardless of all of the expectations and rigidity, so I believe he has a number of room for enchancment. Possibly it is a break up determination, however I do not know who wins.

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