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Hamilton Verstappen crash went "too far" - Hill

Hamilton Verstappen crash went "too far" - Hill

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Hamilton Verstappen crash went "too far" - Hill

Hamilton Verstappen crash went "too far" - Hill

Former F1 world champion Damon Hill believes the crash involving Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the Italian Grand Prix was a step "too far".

Verstappen attempted a move on the outside of Hamilton at the Rettifilo on lap 26 at Monza as his rival emerged from the pits, only for the resultant contact to end both drivers' races in the gravel.

Hill initially suggested the move which earned the Red Bull driver a three-place grid penalty for Russia was "calculated".

Speaking on the F1 Nation podcast, the 1996 world champion explained: "It is a racing driver's job to try and not crash into the other racing driver, that is really where I am coming from. Sometimes it is unavoidable.

"But when it is an aggressive, uncompromising, 'I am coming through or none of us are coming through' move, then somebody has to come in and say that's going too far.

"If that is just allowed to take place and nothing is said, then have them all off, run them off the road. I can play that game as a racing driver, it is easy - just brake test people, barge them off.

"This is Formula 1, this is supposed to be about judgement and skill and making fine calls. Somebody has to come in and say 'guys, that's enough, that's too far, that's not how we want to see the championship decided.

"We want people to overtake, we want great moves. Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso are some of the best overtakers in the sport and they don't crash into people."

Verstappen "fair" to leave Hamilton no room on lap one

The tension around the move was heightened given the near-clash between the two drivers at the Della Roggia chicane on lap one where Hamilton skipped the corner to avoid contact.

Hill can see no issue with Verstappen's defence in that scenario despite Hamilton's frustrations.

"Go back to lap one where Lewis was on the outside into turn two, he goes to go around the outside of Max, who has the inside line, and he realises it is not going to work," added Hill.

"Max left him no room, which is fair because it is optimistic to go around the outside in a chicane like that. So Lewis goes 'ok, I have blown this one' and goes across the bumble strips and cuts the corner and reverts back to where he was.

"I think it was a mistake from his point of view, he shouldn't have got suckered into that move anyway.

"So now, if Max is accusing Lewis of squeezing him, I don't think it was an unfair amount of pressure, he had just about enough room to go around the outside if he wanted to, which he did."

What do you think?
Symanski

Alonso has a history of pushing others off the road. He did it to Schmacher. He did it to Massa. He did it to Vettel, and when Vettel returned the favour the next year got a penalty! Definitely not the best example of good over taking, but Ricciardo certainly is.

As for that first lap, I didn't seem room for Lewis. Max pushed him off. That's what Max does, that's why he got through the mid-field quickly - because others were avoiding race-ending "accidents" with Max.

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Alonso has a history of pushing others off the road. He did it to Schmacher. He did it to Massa. He did it to Vettel, and when Vettel returned the favour the next year got a penalty! Definitely not the best example of good over taking, but Ricciardo certainly is.

As for that first lap, I didn't seem room for Lewis. Max pushed him off. That's what Max does, that's why he got through the mid-field quickly - because others were avoiding race-ending "accidents" with Max.

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You always talk like Hamilton is a saint. The few times Hamilton had a rivalry got into trouble a lot. Truth is he rarely had a rival except Rosberg and now Max. So, we are used that Hamilton doesn't make mistakes (with the Merc Pole-P1 cycle). This time Max was more to blame but Hamilton didn't avoid the accident himself. He turns on T2 onto Max. He knew Max was there, he knew there is a sausage kerb but anyway he turned. He could be the bigger man in this incident. They both don't hold back.

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Exactly what I'm saying for over a week already. Great to support your favorite driver but don't be blind. Yes Max was mainly at fault this accident but Hamilton is sneaky when he had to fight for points as well

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The difference is this: Since max has come into F1, he is known...for moving under braking and for turning into/across everyone after late-braking it a turn to make it. He's literally spent his entire career as a battering ram. He's great at overtaking on straights or extended curves, but tight corners and chicanes he uses his car as a battering ram. Y'all forget him ramming into the back of Lewis at Monaco when Lewis won on dead tires. Max lacks finesse in turn one/lap one scenarios, and most people (like Lewis) who want to race let the baby have his bottle. It's dangerous and unprofessional.

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Yes I agree that in the first few years he made brilliant moves, aggressive moves and at times impossible moves. He squeezes more out of his vehicle then it has. Last two years he's been very professional in my opinion, aggressive and going for every gap possible which a racer, a winner, should do. Races are great again, it was getting very boring and I really think he actually saved the sport for a boring death.

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No doubt this is exciting and it would be even more so if Max would choose to race instead of try to bully. He was afraid to give Lewis position (as he should have) and race him and I think it showed.

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Btw, anyone knows if Hill is having problems with his memory? There was this crash at Silverstone in 1995 between him and Schumacher

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What's disturbing for me is how Verstappen just got out of car and walked away leaving Lewis with a car on his head. That was evil and unsport-like.

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