Paddy Power have put up £1 million for F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel to settle their dispute in a boxing ring for charity.
Ater an incident at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday, Hamilton and Vettel were visibly upset with each other.
The flashpoint came as Hamilton bunched the pack up ahead of a safety car restart, which caught Vettel out and saw him run into the back of the Mercedes driven by the Englishman. Vettel, who claimed Hamilton had ‘brake-tested’ him, pulled level with the 32-year-old, gesticulated angrily and swerved into his car.
The German was handed a ten-second stop and go penalty but Hamilton claimed the punishment allowed his rival to get away with dangerous driving that put them both at risk.
“I didn’t brake-test him. I was controlling the pace so like all the other restarts I slowed down at the same spot but he was obviously sleeping so drove into the back of me,” Hamilton is quoted as saying in The Express.
“But that wasn’t the issue. Driving alongside and deliberately driving into another driver and getting away freely, pretty much as he finished fourth – that is a disgrace. He disgraced himself today.
“If he wants to prove that he is a man we should do it out of the car and face to face.”
This quote piqued the interest of bookmaker Paddy Power, and they have now offered the men £1 million to take part in a charity boxing match to settle their differences. The money would then be donated to a charity of the winner’s choice.
While it may seem unbelievable, after the announcement of Mayweather vs McGregor, how can we question any proposal?
We’re sure plenty of Formula One fans would tune in if Paddy Power’s pipe dream does become a reality.
Noel Ryan, Pundit Arena