Lewis Hamilton: Max Verstappen may have prevented Monza collision

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Lewis Hamilton mentioned Max Verstappen could have avoided the collision that took them each out of the Italian Grand Prix.

On Lap 27, Hamilton exited the pits and had the within line to defend from Verstappen, his championship rival, at Flip 1. Hamilton appeared forward as they went into the primary nook of the chicane, however as they got here to the second nook, they collided.

Verstappen’s automotive went airbourne and bounced on the Halo cockpit safety machine over Hamilton’s head.

The pair had banged wheels on the opening lap when Verstappen had shut the door on Hamilton on the Roggia chicane. To keep away from a collision, Hamilton took evasive motion and went over the kerbs.

When requested whether or not Verstappen may have executed the identical to keep away from their race-ending collision, Hamilton instructed Sky Sports activities: “Completely. It is precisely the identical state of affairs that occurred in Flip 4 the place I went across the exterior, was in precisely the identical place, however I gave method. And that is racing. He simply did not need to give method at this time and he knew going into Flip 2 what was going to occur.

“He knew that he was going over the kerbs, however he nonetheless did it.”

Hamilton and Verstappen additionally collided on the British Grand Prix. On that event, Pink Bull was livid, as Verstappen retired from the race and went to hospital for precautionary check-ups whereas Hamilton went on to win.

Verstappen was much less offended this time round, though he felt Hamilton had not left him sufficient house.

“I did not anticipate him to simply carry on squeezing, squeezing, squeezing, as a result of he did not must,” he mentioned.

“Even when he had left only a automotive’s width, we’d have raced out of Flip 2 anyway. I believe he would have in all probability nonetheless been in entrance. However he simply stored on pushing me wider, wider, wider after which at one level there was nowhere to go. He simply pushed me onto the sausage kerb and that is, on the finish of the day, why we touched as a result of the rear tyre bumped as much as the tyre.”

When requested whether or not he may have gone over the kerbs, like Hamilton had executed on the opening lap, Verstappen mentioned: “I do not assume you may choose them precisely the identical, as a result of he simply stored on squeezing and squeezing and I used to be so much alongside him.

“You want two folks to work collectively to make the nook after we are combating for place. Sadly, we touched.”

Verstappen was then requested whether or not he would think about taking dangers sooner or later towards Hamilton, to which he mentioned: “You want two folks to work collectively, so if one man just isn’t keen to work, then what are you able to do? It is not going to occur.”