sport news Lewis Hamilton tells Max Verstappen it is 'GAME ON' ahead of Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton tells Max Verstappen it is 'GAME ON' as seven-time world champion throws down the gauntlet to Red Bull rival heading into the fourth chapter of their battle at the Spanish Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton has thrown down the gauntlet to Red Bull's Max Verstappen  The seven-time world champion leads the drivers' standings after three races  Verstappen, 23, has shown promise but Hamilton is displaying pace in Spain The Mercedes star says it will be 'the closest battle' seen for some time

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Published: 16:44 BST, 7 May 2021 | Updated: 16:44 BST, 7 May 2021

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Lewis Hamilton has told Max Verstappen it is 'game on' as Formula One's title rivals gear up for the fourth chapter of their championship battle in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton holds an eight-point advantage over Verstappen following his second win of the season in Portugal last weekend.

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Red Bull started the year with the speediest machinery, but there was an all-too-familiar look to the top of the timesheets at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on Friday as Hamilton led team-mate Valtteri Bottas in an ominous Mercedes one-two.

Lewis Hamilton says it is 'game on' between himself and Max Verstappen for the championship

Lewis Hamilton says it is 'game on' between himself and Max Verstappen for the championship

Verstappen finished only ninth after he was forced to abandon his hot lap when he ran wide at the new left-handed turn 10.

Verstappen, already 0.134 seconds slower than Hamilton before the error, elected not to run again, thus handing the initiative to Mercedes.

The Dutchman will mark his 100th appearance on Sunday. Verstappen was only 17 when he was handed his debut by Toro Rosso in 2015.

The following year he was promoted to Red Bull, winning for the team in Spain in his maiden drive after Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crashed out.

The Mercedes star faces his toughest test in years from his Red Bull rival this season

The Mercedes star faces his toughest test in years from his Red Bull rival this season

Verstappen, 23, is showing the pace needed to challenge the all-conquering Mercedes team

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