The F1 driver clash nobody is talking about

The F1 driver clash nobody is talking about

While other driver line-ups have been stealing the headlines so far in the 2019 Formula 1 pre-season, that of Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly has the potential to erupt into a major talking point of the season. It'll all boil down to one factor

Will Charles Leclerc bury Sebastian Vettel's Formula 1 career with his performances at Ferrari this year? Can Valtteri Bottas save his Mercedes place by bouncing back from a difficult second half of 2018? Who will lead the line at Renault - incumbent Nico Hulkenberg or star newcomer Daniel Ricciardo? These are the three big driver storylines of the coming year.

But amid these common (and legitimate) questions, there's another 2019 rivalry that could have a major impact on the season to come. That's despite it barely seeming worthy of a footnote in the eyes of some, simply because it's regarded as a foregone conclusion.

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