Hamilton’s Ex-Mercedes Foe Rosberg Reveals His Take on Controversial Verstappen F1 Crash

Published 07/23/2021, 6:13 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and second place finisher and World Drivers Champion Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP on the podium during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


The recent British Grand Prix was full of drama and controversy, as Lewis Hamilton took out Max Verstappen in the opening laps of the race. A good number of fans see the accident as intentional by Hamilton. However, the Brit’s former teammate, Nico Rosberg thinks it was a simple incident.

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There is still a lot of tension boiling over the past weekend; as Red Bull clearly have stated that Hamilton is to be blamed. But, the 2016 world champion thinks that both Verstappen and Hamilton were just pushing each other to the limit, and eventually crashed.

Rosberg thinks Verstappen nor Hamilton need to be blamed for the crash

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Many suspect, that the 7-times world champion intentionally crashed into the Dutch driver, so that he could catch him in the title race. However, some such as Rosberg think it’s a simple accident and not some conspiracy.

Speaking to Express, Rosberg said, “It was a racing incident. I mean everybody is going to the limits, it’s normal when you’re fighting for a race win at the Silverstone Grand Prix. And you’re fighting for a championship and everything is so closely fought. And you know the importance of becoming out of the first lap first.”

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

“It makes a huge difference on the race results so, racing incidents and just everybody going to the limit,” the German concluded.

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It is no surprise, that the Red Bull prodigy is enraged after Hamilton took him at Silverstone, which saw him have a 51G accident. Verstappen also called Hamilton’s celebration after winning, “unsportsmanlike”. Hence, this started a new chapter in their rivalry, and Rosberg can’t wait to find out what’s in store for the duo.

He said, “It leaves them in a great intense battle. I can’t wait to switch on the TV for the next installment. Because definitely has is ramped up the intensity.”

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Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

The next race on the calendar is the Hungarian Grand Prix. Verstappen is looking to bounce back after his dramatic end at Silverstone, while Hamilton will aim to grab another win for the Silver Arrows. Who do you think will find victory Hungaroring? 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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