Racing accident or not? The driver colleagues in Formula 1 have different opinions about the accident between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.
The renewed accident between the two Formula 1 dominators Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton in Monza not only occupied the heated fan camps of both drivers, but also the driver colleagues. Whose fault is it? Or was it a racing accident? Opinions differ.
For Carlos Sainz, for example, “the accident is pretty clear,” says the Spanish driver, but without publicly expressing his opinion on the question of guilt. “I think there will have to be a few talks in the next drivers’ meeting,” says Sainz. But it was definitely not a simple racing accident. “An accident can always be avoided. If one doesn’t want it, then two won’t crash either,” he puts it philosophically.
In the first chicane of the high-speed track, Verstappen and Hamilton drove side by side as the Dutchman tried to overtake his British rival. It was when Verstappen came on the notch, he was undermined and finally landed on the Mercedes from Hamilton.
Leclerc: I feel the same way
Verstappen complained that Hamilton had left him no space. The race stewards gave the Red Bull driver a penalty transfer of three places in the upcoming race in Sochi. According to the stewards, Verstappen was the main culprit for the crash because he was not at eye level.
The waves between those involved were high, as it was after the first collision between the two drivers at Silverstone. For Charles Leclerc it is “normal to see accidents like this. They are fighting for the World Cup and they both want to win. I would feel the same way in that position,” admits the Monegasse. Such struggles are therefore “understandable”, but, like Sainz, he does not want to comment on the question of guilt.
Fernando Alonso is someone who knows exactly what it’s like to be in a World Cup fight. The Spaniard knows the special situation from many years at Renault, McLaren and Ferrari. “They are both champions and fight to the limit”, Alonso clarifies first of all.
Alonso: The accident wasn’t dangerous
The accident itself happened in an “unfortunate position”. “But it’s a low speed, they were 30 or 40 km / h, there was no danger, nothing. So I think it wasn’t a big deal. Silverstone yes, but this was just a racing accident,” said the 40 year old.
Many observers did not share this opinion, especially when looking at the accident. It was agreed that Hamilton’s halo system probably saved the British from serious injuries when Verstappen’s car landed on him. Hamilton himself said that he was happy to be alive .
For Alonso, however, the accident was also a kind of show of force for both drivers in order to convey a clear message to the rival. “Lewis tried to go far in Turn 1 to force Max to cut the curve. But he didn’t cut the curve, he stayed outside. But then there was no way to go inside into Turn 2.” says Alonso.
For the two-time world champion, one thing is certain: “They both did what they should do, you know, and unfortunately, they touched each other.