The comes last between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen has caused more controversy in Formula 1, with the latter coming under fire from many parties, with the former also testifying to his innocence in the incident.
The F1 title rivals took part in the first chicane on the Monza circuit Hamilton presses Verstappen on the sausage beach that raised them Red Bull Car on the Mercedes and hit the British driver in close combat on the head.
After the incident, Verstappen It seemed clear where the guilt lay and said on team radio: “That happens if you don’t leave space.”
in the meantime Hamilton anyone was bothered that Verstappen did not come by to check on him as he walked past the rubble.
“I saw Max get out and just walk by.” Hamilton called.
“I found that a bit of a surprise because at the end of the day, when we go out and if there are any incidents, the first thing we want to do is make sure the guy we bumped into or clashed with is okay.
“Thank god for the halo that ultimately saved me and saved my neck. I think it was a big hit right now. But all I could think of is that I could go back to it.”
Verstappen‘s response to this allegation was pretty clear since he knew it Hamilton was fine when the Mercedes driver tried to reverse his car onto the track.
“In the heat of the moment, it’s better to go away so everyone can calm down.” Verstappen said Motorsport-Magazin.com.
“Lewis was fine, he was still trying to reverse when I was out of the car. If you’re not okay, you don’t.”
Team bosses had their own opinions on the incident Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff Compare the crash to something from a soccer game.
“The stewards will decide who is to blame,” Wolff told Sky Sports F1. “But I would say it was a tactical foul. He probably knew that it would be the race win if Lewis stayed in front.”
His Red Bull colleague Christian Horner felt that Verstappen and Hamilton were equally to blame.
“I’m disappointed that Toto would say it was a professional foul.” Horns said Sky Sports F1. “I think it’s a racing accident and luckily no one was injured today.
“[Verstappen] earns enough to get a little more space to work there on the left. You can probably argue from either side, so if you strike a middle ground you’re saying it was a racing incident.
Stewards had their say
After all was said and done with the media, the teams and drivers were called to the Monza commissioners to present their version of events before a decision on the guilt was made.
Tim Mayer, Garry Connelly, ex-F1 drivers Vitantonio Liuzzi and Paolo Longoni advised, looked at the CCTV evidence and listened to what the Red Bull and Mercedes representatives said. Eventually they concluded that Verstappen was to blame and gave him a three-place penalty for the Russian Grand Prix.
“Auto 44 [Hamilton] was well ahead of Auto 33 [Verstappen]”A statement from the commissioners read.” Car 33 braked late and began to move next to car 44, although car 33 never comes further forward than behind the front wheel of car 44.
“During the hearing, the driver of car 33 claimed that the cause of the incident was that the driver of car 44 opened the steering after turn 1 and squeezed him to the apex of turn 2. The driver of car 44 claimed that the driver of car 33 tried to overtake very late and should have given up the corner by either pulling back earlier or turning left behind the curb.
“The stewards observed on CCTV footage that the driver of car 44 was driving an evasive line, although his position caused car 33 to drive into the curb at the entrance to turn 1
“In the opinion of the commissioners, this maneuver was attempted too late for the driver of car 33 to have the right to take time for the race. While car 44 could have steered further from the curb to avoid the incident, the commissioners stopped states that his position is reasonable and therefore the finding that the driver of car 33 was predominantly responsible for the incident. “
Response to the decision
As you would expect Hamilton was satisfied with the stewards’ decision and said he was proud of them. Target, Verstappen was on the contrary, voicing his disagreement but saying that they would leave the incident behind.