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Verstappen points damning finger at Hamilton for race-ending crash

Verstappen points damning finger at Hamilton for race-ending crash

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Verstappen points damning finger at Hamilton for race-ending crash

Verstappen points damning finger at Hamilton for race-ending crash

Max Verstappen has claimed he did not expect Lewis Hamilton "to keep squeezing" in the build-up to their latest astonishing collision in a remarkable F1 season.

Hamilton and Verstappen collided on lap 25 of the Italian Grand Prix with both retiring on the spot after going wheel to wheel at the opening chicane at Monza.

As Hamilton forced Verstappen onto the sausage kerbs on the inside of the chicane, the Dutchman's Red Bull was launched into the air before landing on top of the Mercedes.

“We realised it was going to be close in to turn one so he cut across after the white line and I had to go onto the green part to not touch," Verstappen explained to Sky Sports F1. “I went around the outside and, of course, he realised I was going for it so he just kept on squeezing me and I wanted to work with him because I wanted to race."

Reflecting on comparisons between this latest incident and previous contact at the start of the British Grand Prix, he added: “Of course, before then, we automatically start talking about Silverstone but these things happen.

"It was not nice at the time but I think we are all professional enough to just get on with it and keep racing each other.

“But I didn’t expect him to keep squeezing, squeezing, squeezing because he didn’t even need to.

“Even if he would have left me just a car width, we would have raced out of turn two anyway and I think he still would have been in front.

“But then he just kept pushing me wider and wider and there was no place to go. He just pushed me onto the sausage kerb and that is why at the end of the day we touched because of the rear tyre that bumped up to his tyre.”

Italian GP lap one contact incomparable

The two drivers had already made contact once after the pair found themselves briefly second and third heading into the second chicane.

Although appearing similar, albeit reversed with Verstappen seeming to force Hamilton off the track, no investigation was launched by the stewards.

“I don’t think you can judge them exactly the same because he just kept squeezing and squeezing while I was really a lot alongside him," said Verstappen.

"You need two people to work together to make the corner and we are fighting for position and unfortunately we touched.”

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Neville

This is my reason for thinking that Verstappen will never be World Champion. He's been around long enough now to make good decisions but can't. Balancing an overtake with finishing the race is not his forte.

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This is my reason for thinking that Verstappen will never be World Champion. He's been around long enough now to make good decisions but can't. Balancing an overtake with finishing the race is not his forte.

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I agree, Max is too naïeve thinking Lewis is a good driver providing the required space.

He caused 4 crashes already this year, and FIA keeps protecting him.

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O dear, another one whinging because Lewis won't get out of the way of Mad Max.

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Unfortunately he's got the car underneath him this year to win a championship. Although I don't think his dangerous driving, a feature of his entire F1 career, deserves to win.

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not to win a world championship... whaha no Hamilton is being such a wonderful driver. Try to be like his idol (Senna) but he just isn't than the way how he tried to get out. Like a child who can't win... great weekend for Verstappen... expecting Mercedes being dominant... still gained 2 points on him.

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So you agree that Verstappen deliberately took out a competitor because he couldn't win? Very unsporting and not worthy to be a world champion.

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Once again Verstappen can't take responsibility for his own dangerous driving. It's always someone else's fault.

And one problem is that Red Bull keep telling him it's someone else's fault.

He'll never learn. Yesterday he nearly killed Hamilton, that's how dangerous Max is. He can only thank the Halo for saving him from that. But F1 needs to deal with this dangerous driver as nobody in Red Bull will. And a 3 place drop isn't nearly sufficient.

Ban Verstappen.

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The problem with banning MV is no-one in the FIA has the balls to do that.

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Brian

Vestappen shows his usual true colours. Day on to of Lewis, just gone over his cockpit, not knowing if he's dead or alive, he says " that's what you get when you don't give me room"

Never a truer word, sums up his attitude and why he's called crashtappen. Then he walks away without even looking back to see if Lewis is ok.

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Both are brilliant drivers but Max will not back out at the right time, Lewis does, Max you are a danger! The F1 gods certainly created that incident to test him what were the odds on pit stop mistakes bringing them to that point on racetrack.

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It's plain to see that petulant Max still thinks he's 13 and driving a go-kart, and expects everyone to give in when he's aggressive, but doesn't think he should when others are in front. Very adolescent.

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Boycott RB products as long as MV is driving for them. F1 is not a contact sport..

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Once again Max needs to grow up. Why he can never accept any responsibility for his actions is beyond me. Lewis didn't cross the white line as he suggests and because Lewis was in front going into the corner he had every right to defend the line. If anything he left too much room for max and should have forced him to back out before the first corner. There were many very similar incidences in that corner on that day and almost every driver in Max's position trying to overtake on the outside either backed off or ran over the bumps to avoid a crash. As we know Max would rather crash than let someone beat him. Absolute idiot imo.

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