Lewis Hamilton has slammed Max Verstappen for his aggressive racing.
The two contenders for the Drivers’ Championship wrote the latest chapter of their rivalry when they collided at the Italian GP. It’s not an exaggeration when it’s said that Hamilton nearly lost his life, and that didn’t happen only because the halo on his car. That’s how dangerous the crash was, and Hamilton was the first one to agree.
Hamilton addressed the Italian GP incident, and slammed Verstappen for his aggressive racing.
“If you look at the start of the race, the same incident or a similar one, when I tried to go around the outside of Max,” Hamilton said, as quoted by GP Fans.
“We’re both top drivers, well experienced, and I know I can’t go around the outside of Max. We’ve seen it at Imola. He runs you out of road. We’ve seen it at turn four (at Monza) that he runs you out of road.
“So in all instances, I’ve moved out of the way to avoid incident and have gone over the kerbs.”
Ultimately, Verstappen was handed a three-place grid penalty for the upcoming race in Russia. His action resulted in the FIA intervening. Hamilton, however, addressed Verstappen’s racing, saying there was no way he wasn’t at fault.
“I was ahead in turn one,” Hamilton said.
“I left enough room, a car width on the outside going into the corner, but we barrelled the similar sort of speed into the corner and I was ahead going into two.
“Ultimately, he lost control going over the kerb and went into me. I don’t feel at fault because I got hit from behind.
“There’s a point at which you have to concede you’re not going to make the corner and you’ve got to go across. Everyone generally has gone across those kerbs and I’m not quite sure why Max didn’t,” he concluded.