Hill Suggests Hamilton-Verstappen Learn Art of Clean Overtaking from Ricciardo & Alonso

Published 09/15/2021, 5:48 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning second position and McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo after winning third position in the sprint qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


One of the most talked-about incidents of the season so far was the accident between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at Silverstone. However, the Italian Grand Prix takes the spotlight, as the two title contenders clashed again.

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This time it was the Dutch driver who took out the Brit by hitting the kerb and launching his Red Bull on top of the Mercedes. 96′ world champion, Damon Hill feels this could have been avoided and that both should learn from Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso.

Hill feels that Max Verstappen & Lewis Hamilton should learn from Ricciardo and Alonso

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The incidents at Silverstone and Monza had one thing in common. Both of them were pushing each other to take the lead. And, both times, it ended in a horrific way. Hence, Hill suggests that Lewis & Max should take notes from Daniel and Fernando, as they are the masters of overtaking.

Speaking on the F1 Nation Podcast, as quoted by Formula Passion, Hill said, “A driver’s job is also not to have accidents with a colleague. Sometimes it is unavoidable, but when it comes to an aggressive move like ‘ I pass or nobody passes ‘. Then someone has to intervene, because that’s too much. Because if this is allowed to happen saying nothing, then everything is valid: we send the cars to gravel, we throw the opponents off the track.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton crash out of the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

“But this is Formula 1, it’s supposed to be a matter of judgment and skill. Someone has to step in and say ‘Ok guys, that’s enough, we don’t want the championship to be decided in this way. ‘ We want overtaking, we want brave maneuvers: I mean, Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso are some of the best in this sense, and they don’t go on top of the others,” the 96′ world champion concluded. (Translated from Italian via Google)

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The tension between Hamilton and Verstappen has never been this high. It all kicked off in Silverstone when the Brit took the Dutch driver as they were battling for the lead. And, now recently at the Italian Grand Prix, where Max found himself on top of the 7-times world champion and out of the race.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton bumps fists with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in pole position and third place respectively Pool via REUTERS/David W Cerny

With the triple-header ending this past weekend, and a week off before the Russian Grand Prix, Max and Lewis would hope that things have calmed down, as they look to prepare to battle once again at the next venue for the championship.

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Who do you think will come out on top in Sochi? The Red Bull prodigy or the Mercedes driver? Let us know 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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