How F1 rivals Lewis Hamilton & Max Verstappen compare, from their luxury homes to their expensive cars and designer pets | The SunJuly 8, 2022
IT was the most thrilling F1 championship in years.
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen played out an incredible end to last season's title race – with the Dutchman coming out on top.
The Abu Dhabi battle saw Verstappen overtake Hamilton on the final lap in controversial circumstances to win his first-ever crown.
But the entire season between the pair had been turbulent, with a fiery rivalry threatening to get nasty after a collision in Monza saw Verstappen's car land on top of Hamilton's.
And there were even 'brake-testing' allegations as F1's latest rivalry took centre stage, with Hamilton now ready to win back his crown.
However, despite their differences on the race track, Hamilton and Verstappen share similar interests off it.
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Both boast luxury properties, they have amazing car collections, and a mutual love of animals.
For much of the year, Verstappen, who has a £44million fortune at the age of just 24, lives in a £13m penthouse in Monte Carlo, which he is said to rent.
The Dutch driver's home is in the same apartment block as Felipe Massa and Daniel Ricciardo.
Not much is known about its size, but Verstappen regularly shares his workouts on the vast balcony that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea.
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Hamilton, believed to have around £280m in the bank, also has a Monaco pad in the exclusive Fontvieille district.
But he is planning to move back to London permanently when work is completed on his stunning £18m six bedroom villa.
Back in 2019, Hamilton splashed £32m on a New York apartment in a condo project part-owned by NFL great Tom Brady and his model wife Gisele Bundchen.
The 6,547 square-foot penthouse includes a huge outdoor area and has views of the Hudson River, as well as a swimming pool, fitness centre, squash court, library and wine cellar.
Neighbours include Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and Austin Powers star Mike Myers.
And there's also his Colorado mansion, which 37-year-old Lewis calls his favourite home and where he likes to spend the winter months on a snow mobile riding around the mountains.
With their mega pay packets and love of cars, it's no surprise that Hamilton and Verstappen have an impressive fleet of motors.
Today, Lewis is more eco-friendly and has moved to driving electric vehicles, including an £80,000 Mercedes EQS.
But in the past, he has been seen behind the wheels of a Pagani Zonda worth £1.5m, cruising along the Pacific Coast Highway in a £4m 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra, and parked outside a restaurant in a £2m LaFerrari.
He's also got a Mercedes AMG Project One on order, that'll cost north of £2.5m.
Verstappen has a love of British motors, prominently Aston Martin.
He has their concept super car, the £2m Valkyrie on order and due to be received this year.
In the past, he's been spotted driving a DB11 (£150,000) and DBS Superleggera (£225,000).
But when he feels the need for speed, he has a £1.5m Ferrari Monza to drive, as well as a Renault R.S. 01 worth around £300,000 that can hit 186 mph.
Both, of course, have access to private jets.
Rich, successful, and living life in the fast lane, Hamilton and Verstappen will always be an attractive proposition.
Lewis's lovelife has been played out in front of the media since he exploded on to the scene.
His most famous relationship was with Pussycat Doll singer Nicole Scherzinger, who he dated on/off until 2015.
In recent years, he's been linked with Barbara Palvin, Winnie Harlow, Kendall Jenner, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Rita Ora.
Verstappen, on the other hand, dates 33-year-old Brazilian model Kelly Piquet.
She used to see Russian racing driver Daniil Kvyat's girlfriend, and they welcomed a daughter in 2019.
When it comes to animals, Verstappen and Hamilton have a common ground.
Lewis has a pampered pooch, English bulldog Roscoe who rides on private jets with him and is often seen at various Grand Prixs.
Sadly, he lost his other bulldog Coco in 2020, after the canine suffered a heart attack and passed away in his arms.
Verstappen too suffered heartbreak when his dog Spyke died aged 11, sharing a snap on Instagram of his beloved pet.
Animal lover Max also has adopted some cats, which sometimes travel with him.
On top of that, he grew up with a cockatoo.
When you drive a racing car for a job, that exhilaration needs to be found elsewhere.
Hamilton and Verstappen are thrill-seekers, taking on hobbies to fuel their need for an adrenaline rush.
Over the last couple of years, the seven-time world champion, who has a penchant for firing rifles at a gun range, has been learning how to sky dive.
He even shared his exploits on Instagram, hurtling through the sky from a small plane.
Verstappen wasn't amused, though, declaring he wouldn't be doing the same when asked in a press conference his thoughts on Lewis's new talent.
However, on sea he is game to zoom around on a jet-ski.
Perhaps, when he can boast multiple F1 championship wins, he'll be more daring.
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