GDPA Director Russell Puts Verstappen-Hamilton Incident to Rest With Final Verdict

Published 07/29/2021, 12:43 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: ART Grand Prix Formula 2 driver George Russell of Great Britain and Williams F1 and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talk in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


The world of Formula One is still recovering from the Lewis Hamilton- Max Verstappen incident that took place at the British GP. Since then, former F1 drivers have given their thoughts on the incident, stating that Hamilton was the one to be blamed. But GDPA Director, George Russell gives his verdict.

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The Williams driver feels it’s nothing more than the racing incident. He backs his countryman, Hamilton, by stating he is a clean driver and wouldn’t do that with any harmful intention.

Russell puts the Verstappen-Hamilton incident to rest

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Speaking ahead of the Hungarian GP this weekend, the 23-year-old was asked to share his thoughts on the accident. Since he is the Director of the GDPA, he felt it was the right thing to comment upon.

He said to Autosport, “There are no sort of rules in that aspect, I would say, that can say who is right or who is wrong, because it’s just one of those things.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Williams’ George Russell during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga

Lewis is one of the cleanest and fairest racers out there, always. And there was nothing malicious in the attempt, because there was a clear opportunity.

“Obviously the consequences were huge and I’m very glad to see Max was relatively fine following the crash. These racing incidents are a difficult one to adjudicate on.

“I don’t think there needs to be anything any clearer in that specific scenario, because it was, for me, just purely a racing incident,” Russell concluded

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Ricciardo shares similar thoughts as Russell’s

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo is also on the same page as the Williams driver, stating that it was a racing incident. He feels that both, Hamilton and Verstappen didn’t give enough room and which resulted in them crashing.

He said, “We know just through the years of racing and the experience that we have. Especially in these cars, there is a point where you don’t see, there are blind spots where the car’s a quarter of the way on the inside.

“We’re aware that the chance of the car being there is probably pretty high, so we’re always going to leave room for one car if there’s a car there.”

Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Clive Rose

“Watching Max’s onboard, there was room on the inside. I think of course they are racing hard, but I would still say hard but fair through those phases of corners.

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“I didn’t really see anything out of line with the incident itself. Obviously, the consequence was really the big talking point. But I think deep down all of us know racing etiquette, when to squeeze and when not, so I think we’re pretty clear with that,” Ricciardo concluded.

Now Hamilton and Verstappen face one and other again as they prepare for the Hungarian GP. The two would push each other to the limit but would hope a similar incident like Silverstone won’t occur again.

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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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