Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have looked at each other’s cars more than once this year in a mutual duel and that did not always end well. The Brit looks back on two perilous moments between the ruffs.
It automatically comes with a title fight between two titans of the sport: battle for position on the track. Hamilton and Verstappen have run into each other more than once on the track this year and that has created a controversial situation on more than one occasion, with two drivers who prefer to drive completely at the limit. There were incidents at Monza and in Brazil, and of course the most infamous moment at Silverstone, which Hamilton now looks back on.
Outside and inside
The seven-time world champion thinks it is wise in a title race like this to take the occasional loss in a head-to-head duel to keep the car alive. “When you’re on the outside, it’s almost always the logical option to pick eggs for your money to finish the race. When you’re on the inside, there are situations where I honestly believe I was right to get the car Situations where you almost go wheel to wheel,” concludes Hamilton to Autosport.com.
Silverstone and Interlagos
The Mercedes driver clarifies his position with two examples. “At Silverstone, for example, look at the images again. My front wheel was next to his front wheel, so it wasn’t like my wheel was next to his rear tire when turning in. If I had taken Max’s approach in Brazil in that situation, it would be stay on the gas and go off the track to hold position, what would the scenario have been. Would they have looked at the rules?” he finally wonders.