HOT OR NOT: Lewis Hamilton’s battle with Max Verstappen was necessary for Formula 1

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HOT OR NOT: Lewis Hamilton’s battle with Max Verstappen in Bahrain was necessary for Formula 1 … but Aidy Boothroyd made a mess of England’s under-21 talents after leaving in euros

  • Formula 1 needed a thrilling race in Bahrain after a few musty years for the sport
  • Dillian Whyte’s dominant performance against Alexander Povetkin earned him a shot
  • Aidy Boothroyd should have done much better with England under 21

It’s Hot or Not time again Sportsmails Riath Al-Samarrai reveals what’s making him feel hot and cold this week.

HOT

Lewis Hamilton

F1 needed that. Not so much a new Lewis Hamilton victory, but more evidence from Bahrain that Max Verstappen drove a slightly faster car. If the season continues in the same vein, it will be great for an exhausted sport, but also for the legacy of a driver haunted by whispers, his numbers are too easy to come by.

Formula 1 needed such a race victory for Lewis Hamilton with his battle with Max Verstappen

Formula 1 needed such a race victory for Lewis Hamilton with his battle with Max Verstappen

Dillian Whyte

It wasn’t the best version of Alexander Povetkin he hit in four rounds, but it brought Whyte back to the front of the heavyweight row. If rumors are true about the difficulties of finishing Fury-Joshua, he may not have to wait until next year to get his shot.

Justin got up

Together with his wife Kate, he left again to fill in the gaps in the women’s golf schedule. After launching the Rose Ladies Series in the chaos of last year, he’s funding an expanded calendar this season. Many athletes say catchy things about helping, much less follow-up.

NOT

Aidy Boothroyd

Leading England Under 21s to an early exit from the European Championship is one thing. It’s quite another that he would have to face such an ‘impossible’ challenge to balance his development duties with scoring goals from the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Eberechi Eze and Emile Smith Rowe. You suspect he made it look harder than it is.

Aidy Boothroyd should have done better with the young talent in the England Under 21 line-up

Aidy Boothroyd should have done better with the young talent in the England Under 21 line-up

Aidy Boothroyd should have done better with the young talent in the England Under 21 line-up

British Cycling

Layer by layer we learn more about how those golden wheels could have turned. We trudge through the saga of Dr. Richard Freeman and now we hear about private drug testing and what conclusions we can draw from it. Anything to say, Sir Dave Brailsford?

Joachim Low

It’s going to be a rather dingy goodbye. The 2018 World Cup was bad, the 6-0 defeat in Spain was also poor and now a loss against North Macedonia. He’ll be gone soon enough and then people will give him more credit for what he’s accomplished, but it looks like a dubious end to an excellent Germany era.

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