Max Verstappen’s damning comments about Lewis Hamilton after Italian GP crash
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Max Verstappen claims Lewis Hamilton “squeezed” out the Red Bull driver after the two dramatically crashed again, this time at the Italian Grand Prix with the pair battling for position midway through the race. Tensions boiled over at turn one at Monza as the championship battle ramped up once again in Monza.
The pair tangled on lap 26 of the race, as Hamilton emerged from the pits alongside the Dutchman, with the two title rivals heading towards the first chicane, with neither seemingly wanted to yield yielding on the run-up to turn two.
However, disaster struck as Verstappen bumped over the sausage kerbs, and seemingly collected Hamilton, with the Red Bull mounting the Mercedes with both beached in the gravel.
“Of course we realised it was going to be close into Turn 1,” Verstappen told Sky Sports F1.”He cut across really after the white line and I had to go onto the green part to not touch. I went around the outside and of course, you realise I was going for it, he just kept on squeezing me and I wanted to work with him because I wanted to race.
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“Of course people start talking automatically about Silverstone – but these things happen. Of course it was not nice at the time but I think we are all professional enough to just get on with it and keep racing on each other.
“But then I didn’t expect him to just keep on squeezing, squeezing, squeezing because he didn’t even need to. Even if he had left me, just a car width, we would have raced out of Turn 2 anyway, and I think he probably still would have been in front.
“He just kept on pushing me wider and wider and at one point there was nowhere to go, he just pushed me onto the sausage kerb. That’s why, at the end of the day, we touched, because the rear tyre bumped up to his tyre.
“You need two people to work together to make a corner and we are fighting for position. Unfortunately, we touched. If one guy is not willing to work, what can you do? It’s not going to happen.
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“It’s very unfortunate what happened today, nobody likes to see that. But I think we are professional enough to step over it and just keep ongoing. Like I said, it’s very unfortunate.”
Hamilton meanwhile said: “A little bit stiff. A bit sore of my neck to be honest, because it landed on my head. But I’ll be OK,” Hamilton said to Sky Sports F1.
“I was racing as hard as I could, finally got past Lando, I was in the lead so they pitted me, pit-stop was obviously slow, lost a couple of seconds.
Came out, saw that Daniel came past, Max was coming, I made sure I left a car’s width on the outside to him. I went into Turn 1 and I was ahead, I was ahead going into Turn 2, then all of a sudden he was on top of me.”
The two drivers were able to walk away from the accident, with Verstappen heard fuming on the radio: “This is what happens when you don’t leave space, f**king hell.”
Both then made their way back to the garages with their helmets on, with the safety car brought out for the incident, and as a result.
The race was then won by McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, with his team-mate Lando Norris alongside him in second, with Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas fighting his way up from 19th on the grid to complete the podium.
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