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Hamilton - I've never been "as aggressive" as Verstappen

Hamilton - I've never been "as aggressive" as Verstappen

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Hamilton - I've never been "as aggressive" as Verstappen

Hamilton - I've never been "as aggressive" as Verstappen
Ian Parkes & Will Gray

Lewis Hamilton believes Max Verstappen is more aggressive than he has ever been, insisting his collision with his Red Bull rival in Sunday's British Grand Prix was just part of “a normal battle".

Hamilton and Verstappen have gone wheel-to-wheel on numerous occasions this season, with the reigning F1 champion claiming he has had to back off on too many occasions.

At Silverstone, Hamilton stood firm, leading to the pair colliding on the opening lap in an incident that has sparked a war of words and lit the blue touchpaper for the rest of the year ahead.

Defending his approach against Verstappen, Hamilton said: “We’re in a battle and I think this year he has been very aggressive.

“Most of the times I’ve had to concede, just avoiding an incident with him and living to fight on later on in the race.

"As you saw [on Saturday, in the sprint] once he’s out in the clear, they’re too fast so when an opportunity comes, I’ve got to try and take it.

“It’s a normal battle. When I was younger, of course, I was probably as aggressive...maybe actually not as aggressive as Max is, but I was pretty aggressive as a youngster.

“I’m a lot older now and I know it’s a marathon, not a sprint and I have a better view in how I approach my racing.”

Hamilton Verstappen fight bubbling into a bitter battle

Hamilton and Verstappen both strongly voiced their opinions after the incident, with the Briton claiming the Red Bull driver was “very aggressive”, speaking prior to hearing that the Dutch driver had been taken to hospital for checks.

Verstappen countered on Twitter, stating that he was “very disappointed with being taken out like this” and claiming Hamilton’s post-victory celebrations were “disrespectful and unsportsmanlike".

The pair fought from the off at Silverstone, with Hamilton pushing hard to find a way past to prevent Verstappen from racing into the distance, leading to the opening few corners providing some thrilling racing.

But Hamilton believes Verstappen overdid the aggression. He added: “This one moment I got a great exit out of turn seven and I was really happy with the dummy that I was able to go to the left and then go to the inside and get up that gap.

“Fortunately he wasn’t able to close it. But unfortunately, the aggression stayed from his side and we collided. It’s unfortunate but it’s a racing incident, these things happen.”

What do you think?
SamSweden

Hamilton showing his arrogant behaviour. The repeated video of the incident showed us clearly that he was the aggressor and not Verstappen.

How nice and humble it would have been if instead he would apologise to Verstappen

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SamSweden

Hamilton showing his arrogant behaviour. The repeated video of the incident showed us clearly that he was the aggressor and not Verstappen.

How nice and humble it would have been if instead he would apologise to Verstappen

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Why apologise Max turned in, if he had opened the steering wheel he would have been 2nd at worst with the whole race to attack Lewis for 1st, Max is a great driver but he did not see the bigger picture.

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FreethinkingBill

WoW! There are differing opinions about the race incident. However, referring to Hamilton as arrogant for expressing his perspective is evidence of racism slithering out of its deplorable hole. So, you think Lewis is “uppity” for voicing an opinion expected of most competitors. Perhaps you think it’s best for his ‘type’ of person to keep his mouth shut and just accept his subordinate place at the back of the proverbial bus (a.k.a. social system).

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Harlan

Watch the video again just before they touched Max looked over at Lewis and turned in. Max assumed Lewis would give way Lewis didn't Max lost out. It was a fight drivers incident that's it. As a fan I want to see wheel to wheel racing, granted I do not want to see accidents or somebody getting hurt. But close racing between drivers at the top of their games is awesome.

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Hamilton could never ever make the turn with the speed he had while being on the inside.

That is a fact not a single analyst has argued.

Hence: Hamilton knew he was going to hit Max as he did 2 to 3 meters from the apex (read: Max kept more then enough distance for Hamilton to be on the inside with a lower speed. The speed Hamilton entered the corned was technically a massive failure)

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NEWTON

PUT ON YOUR GLASSES AND LOOK AGAIN,BUT FIRST TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHAD A RACING INCIDENT IS,

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