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Verstappen move "calculated" 'to take Hamilton out' - Hill

Verstappen move "calculated" 'to take Hamilton out' - Hill

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Verstappen move "calculated" 'to take Hamilton out' - Hill

Verstappen move "calculated" 'to take Hamilton out' - Hill

Former F1 world champion Damon Hill believes the "only conclusion" to the collision between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was that the Dutchman felt he had to "take him out".

Verstappen has been hit with a three-place grid penalty for the dramatic crash at turn one on lap 26 of the Italian Grand Prix that resulted in the Red Bull land on top of Hamilton's Mercedes, leaving the seven-time champion with a neck injury.

Stewards found the championship leader "predominantly to blame" for the incident but with both drivers retiring, Verstappen holds onto his five-point title lead.

Speaking in his Sky Sports F1 punditry role, and after seeing multiple replays of the incident, Hill declared Verstappen had made a "calculated move".

"I have to say, looking at the re-run of Max on Lewis at turn one, there was no way he was going to make that work," explained 1996 champion Hill.

"He had to take evasive action as Lewis did in the second chicane previously to avoid an accident.

"So the only conclusion is he might have been thinking 'I have to take him out'.

"I don't want to think that, I don't want to think that of any driver but I think it was either an error of judgement or a calculated move to collide with Lewis which is strong stuff.

"I don't like the idea I am accusing anyone of doing that deliberately but he has got a points advantage.

"This was a race Mercedes was supposed to win and it has all backfired and Max has come out still with his championship lead."

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff had told Sky Sports F1 he believed the move to be a "tactical foul", a suggestion that irked Red Bull counterpart Christian Horner.

"I am disappointed Toto would say it is a professional foul. I think it is a racing incident and thankfully no one was injured today," he said.

"He [Verstappen] earned enough to be given a bit more space to work with on the outside.

"You can probably argue both sides. I think if you take a middle ground on it you would say it was a racing incident."

What do you think?
Symanski

Max's idea of ramming every opponent off the track deserves a race ban or two.

That he nearly killed Lewis this time isn't a surprise - he's lucky not to have done that to another competitor already.

F1 needs to deal with his dangerous driving. They did with Grosjean years back, but give Max a free pass because Red Bull are too powerful in F1.

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Bob
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Clearly Verstappen's mistake or, being kind, lack of race craft. The earlier incident when Hamilton used the run off shows he thinks faster than Max.

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Symanski

Max's idea of ramming every opponent off the track deserves a race ban or two.

That he nearly killed Lewis this time isn't a surprise - he's lucky not to have done that to another competitor already.

F1 needs to deal with his dangerous driving. They did with Grosjean years back, but give Max a free pass because Red Bull are too powerful in F1.

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Chris

Symanski. You misspelled Lewis

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PapaofGags

Damon Hill & Johnny Herbert were the only ones who said it for what it was, fair play to them for having the gumption to tell it straight.

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spain1

Hill was an idiot then and still is.

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FreethinkingBill

Max should be expelled. He is a bully thug driver.

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Roykirk

Poor, poor lewis. He didn’t win. Hill said he was supposed to win, he said Mercedes was supposed to win. How dare Max ruin Lewis's race. British commentators rooting for British drivers. Can't get more biased than that.

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ObJ-Jnr

He should have had a race ban.

There is history of Verstappen doing this..- track belongs to me, back off or we crash.

IMAGINE IF EVERY DRIVER DID THAT. FEW DEATHS A YEAR, NO MORE VIEWERS, NO SPONSORS.

Where does it lead all of us??

A bit of contradiction though....to show he has been targeting Lewis, as part of a psychological warfare, why didn't he do same to Riccado??

Only FIA can PUT A STOP (ZERO TOLERANCE TO THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOUR)

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OldBill50

Horner is a pathetic little man who just can't admit the truth. Verstappen needs to grow up and behave like a real professional driver not a delinquent. His

Stupid dangerous actions will have serious adverse consequences for anyone getting in his way. He needs to be taken down a peg or two by someone because it seems that the nasty little joke, aka "horner", prefers to encourage him to drive like an idiot!

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EricOosterbeek

We are witnessing a fight of the best drivers in the world. I have my ideas on things being Dutch, but I love the show we are being presented.

F1 needed this clash and I love independently every minute of it.

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Watching F1 on ESPN carrying Skysports with Britch commentary with a British racer that is supposed to win every race is getting very obnoxious, annoying and boring.

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