Former F1 Champ Compares Hamilton-Verstappen Crash to Infamous Senna-Mansell Incident

Published 08/16/2021, 5:59 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after finishing first and second respectively in the sprint race qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


Controversial accidents aren’t new to the world of Formula One, and the likes of Michael Schumacher and Artyon Senna had once been involved in such a case. However, this season saw one of the biggest crashes between the title rivals, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

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1996 world champion, Damon Hill, spoke about an incident that was similar to the Hamilton-Verstappen crash. The British driver took the example of when Nigel Mansell “took out” Senna at the Portuguese Grand Prix back in 1989. Mansell was not only fined but also banned from the following race.

This might have been an allusion to the fact that Hamilton wasn’t fined but also allowed to take part in the next race.

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Hill compares the Lewis Hamilton incident with Verstappen to Senna’s accident

The most talked-about incident of the 2021 season is Verstappen‘s crash at Silverstone when the 7-times world champion took him in the hunt for the lead. Some feel that Hamilton wasn’t as harshly punished as Mansell was when he crashed into Senna.

Hill wrote on Twitter, “This reminds me of a very similar accident just recently #f1.”

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How did the Silverstone race affect the title race?

The Red Bull prodigy was starting on pole position with the Mercedes driver behind him in second place. The two title contenders were pushing each other to the limit as soon as the lights went off. Just as they were heading into Copse, Hamilton hit Verstappen, which sent him flying to the barrier.

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However, the number 44 driver carried on and in the race’s closing stages took the lead from Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to bring home a victory for this Brackley-based squad.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

This win at Silverstone saw Hamilton and the Mercedes team regain the lead in both the driver’s championship and the constructor’s championship.

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Now with the summer break on, we will get to see the two titans have a go at each other at Spa for the Belgium Grand Prix. The incident at the British GP started a new chapter in their rivalry; will fans get to see another part in Belgium? Let us know your predictions in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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