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Hamilton and Verstappen relationship questioned as "unpatchable"

Hamilton and Verstappen relationship questioned as "unpatchable"

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Hamilton and Verstappen relationship questioned as "unpatchable"

Hamilton and Verstappen relationship questioned as "unpatchable"

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have been urged to "cool it" ahead of their return to F1 racing at this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.

But former F1 champion Damon Hill has also questioned whether the relationship between the pair is now "unpatchable" following their lap-one collision at the British Grand Prix.

The incident has sparked this year's F1 title race into life that had previously been going in Red Bull driver Verstappen's favour, and with the fallout extensive.

It now remains to be seen at the Hungaroring as to whether the gloves are off between the pair.

"I think they need to cool it a bit," said Hill, speaking on the F1 Nation podcast.

"I think they were both going at it scarily aggressively, and I think it was a product of the previous race.

"In other words, the sprint on Saturday, gave an indication, forward knowledge to Mercedes that if Max got out in front you wouldn't see him for dust, and I think they knew they had to get ahead.

"So a combination of factors which might have made Lewis a little bit more desperate and aggressive, and Max as well, because that opening half-a-lap was possibly the most exciting, daring and also slightly risky opening lap I think I've seen in I don't know how long.

"It was pretty breathtaking, on the edge, and I think everyone watching had heart in mouth, and they kind of expected something to happen and it did.

"You see on the replays, and some of the people in the crowd have footage of Max flying towards them in the grandstands, and that car was moving really fast. Max did take a hell of a whack.

"All a bit risky, and I think we were lucky in many ways we didn't have an injury."

Red Bull "bruised" says Hill

In the aftermath, all inside Red Bull rounded on Hamilton, with team principal Christian Horner describing the seven-time champion as "desperate" and "dangerous".

Horner has since refused to back down from his original stance, going further by adding the crash had cost his team $1.8million.

Hill believes Red Bull is now "bruised, definitely, in more ways than one" and wonders whether the previous cordiality that existed between Hamilton and Verstappen is fractured beyond repair.

"Is this an unpatchable relationship now?" questioned Hill. "Is it daggers drawn until the end of the championship and beyond?"

What do you think?
Jo

I wonder why everyone was blaming Lewis? Verstappen knew where Lewis was and steered his car to cut Lewis off! And it's funny that if it happened the other way round, Horner would be backing Verstappen and say it was all Lewis's fault, just like he has done in the past.

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Watching from the start in real time it seemed to me that Lewis was driving like a man possessed and could ONLY end on tears. Regrettably Verstappen's tears. Do we really want to see that level of aggression and first lap race suspension ?? Not for me... I want to see intelligent racing.

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The plain truth is that the accident was avoidable, but Max pushed a bad position. He continued to try to block Lewis when he could have opened the steering and they both would have exited the corner. But No. The red mist took control, he steered into Lewis and ended up in the fence. An honest review of the footage particularly from Max's car and I think you might agree.

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Mick, have you ever driven a racing car? If you steer further to the outside while already IN the corner, you will understeer and fly off.

Max HAD to steer, after all you know, this IS a corner (hence the name, Copse CORNER). When you're on the inside and try to maintain as much speed as the person on the outside in lap 1 with cold tyres and a car filled with fuel, you WILL understeer and not make the Apex. After 13 seasons in F1 you might expect Lewis to know that. He was just desperte and foolish. So now, back to racing, and please with a little more respect for the limits of the car and with respect for the life of your colleagues (competitors)

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Jo

I wonder why everyone was blaming Lewis? Verstappen knew where Lewis was and steered his car to cut Lewis off! And it's funny that if it happened the other way round, Horner would be backing Verstappen and say it was all Lewis's fault, just like he has done in the past.

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Funny people blame Max for keeping his racing line.

People want Max to give path for a less technical driver. Why?

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Mr Dee

Charles & Lando managed not to crash, Max turned in, had he opened the steering he still might have won the race, first lap racing incident like Italy & Spain, moving on.

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It’s time to put this one bed. Hamilton fans will say it was fair racing and Verstappen fans want Lewis suspended and much more.

New race tomorrow. If you’re a true F1 fan you will stop the bellyaching and enjoy the best session we have had in a while.

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