Sainz says he knows who was at fault for Italian GP crash – “The accident makes it pretty clear”

Carlos Sainz has said that he knows who was at fault for the Italian GP crash.

Title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crashed at Turn 2 during the race, taking each other out. The drivers blamed each other for the incident. Verstappen said that Hamilton didn’t leave him any room, while the defending champion insisted the Dutchman should have backed off.

The FIA announced their stance on the issue recently, and handed Verstappen a three-place penalty for being at fault, in their opinion. He will serve this penalty at the Russian GP.

Sainz, meanwhile, has readied his opinion. However, he wants to keep his thoughts to himself. He revealed that he knows who was at fault for the Italian GP crash, but will save his words for the meeting before the next race.

“From my point of view, the accident is pretty clear,” Sainz said, as reported by Planet F1.

Carlos Sainz walking. Italy September 2021
Sainz (pictured) has an opinion of the Hamilton-Verstappen crash. Source:

“I’m not going to go into detail, I’m not going to give you my opinion because I feel like there’s going to be some talk in the next driver meeting.”

Two to tango

The Ferrari driver explained that while crashes are inevitable in the sport, what happened at Monza was a textbook example of something that could have been avoided.

“I think it is always avoidable. I think two don’t crash if one doesn’t want (to),” the Spaniard said.

“This is one that they are always fighting as tough as they have to fight for a championship. You’re more exposed to these kinds of incidents like we’ve seen in the past.

“I guess it’s a natural thing in Formula 1, two guys that are fighting for the championship tend to collide more often than not,” he concluded.

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