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Mercedes suspect Red Bull knew Verstappen "was in the wrong"

Mercedes suspect Red Bull knew Verstappen "was in the wrong"

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Mercedes suspect Red Bull knew Verstappen "was in the wrong"

Mercedes suspect Red Bull knew Verstappen "was in the wrong"

Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin has suggested Red Bull knew Max Verstappen "was in the wrong" over his crash with Lewis Hamilton at the Italian Grand Prix.

Unlike at the British Grand Prix, where Red Bull team principal Christian Horner and advisor Dr Helmut Marko vilified Hamilton for the lap-one collision, the duo were more circumspect following the incident at Monza.

The stewards sided with Hamilton on this occasion, declaring Verstappen "predominantly to blame" and handing the Dutch driver a three-place grid penalty for the next race in Russia.

Asked whether the punishment fit the crime, Shovlin said: "We obviously felt strongly Lewis had done absolutely nothing wrong and that Max was the one predominantly to blame.

"if you look at the fact even Helmut and Christian weren't trying to blame Lewis, it sort of feels like they know Max was in the wrong because they will try and blame Lewis at any opportunity.

"Ultimately, it cost Lewis a win, and certainly a second place, so you'll always feel three places is relatively easy to overcome if you've got a competitive car."

Up until the lap-26 collision that culminated in Verstappen's Red Bull landing on top of Hamilton's Mercedes, Shovlin feels the seven-time champion was in with a shot at a victory that went to Daniel Ricciardo as McLaren celebrated its first win for almost nine years.

It would have been a question of whether Hamilton would have been able to challenge McLaren given his problems in the sprint race in trying to pass Lando Norris.

"If you put the incident with Max to one side, for Lewis it would have been a race only against Daniel," assessed Shovlin.

"The issue in the sprint race was that Lando had some tow from the car ahead, so really it would have been a question of whether Lewis could have got by Daniel.

"You know that kind of zone Lewis goes into when there's a win on the table and he can see it.

"It would have been a good little battle at the end but it would have needed that pass on track to turn it into a win."

What do you think?
David

RB need to have a serious talk to MV because he is the bullet waiting to find the target and my feeling is that LH is that target. He has no feelings for anyone other than himself, proven by walking away from the carnage he caused on Sunday..

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David

RB need to have a serious talk to MV because he is the bullet waiting to find the target and my feeling is that LH is that target. He has no feelings for anyone other than himself, proven by walking away from the carnage he caused on Sunday..

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I notice we didn't have cry baby spice complaining about the effect of repairing cars on his budget this time; and I bet we don't see Toto spending a chunck of money in testing trying to recreate data to get Verstappen banned.

The problem with RB management is that they are OK with racing, just so long as it doesn't get in the way of them winning.

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MV does not care about anyone but himself. He is a dangerous driver and has always been. They need to have a serious talk with him!

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Max knew exactly what he was doing, so does Red Bull.

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Max deliberately torpedoed Lewis.

The Halo saved Max from having a death on his hands.

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Max should be suspended for 3 races. He is a dangerous, thoughtless bully thug.

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wow, very strong opinions anti Max. Similar accusations were levied at LH after Silverstone and from highly respected members of the F1 community who should have shown more restraint, even though they believed that they were fighting for both championships. Those type of remarks attenuate the situation and maybe they were ringing inside Max's head. They remind me of an interview of Ayrton Senna ( i have to admit my personal hero ) by Jackie Stewart wherin the former defended his driving style against Jackie's clear criticism. Maybe that was purely drivers from two different cultures.

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