‘Its a shame’ – Damon Hill Credits Lack of Self Control to Lewis Hamilton – Max Verstappen Crashes

Published 09/18/2021, 11:04 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after crashing out of the race with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crashed into each other again at the Italian Grand Prix. But this time both drivers went out of the race, which was not the case at Silverstone when just Max went out.

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Former world champion Damon Hill mentioned that both drivers could have avoided the crash, and he blamed Hamilton for exhibiting a lack of self-control and Verstappen for going for the move.

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I don’t think that’s an exhibition of skill: Damon Hill

As reported by Motorsport.com, the 1996 champion stated that the title fight between Hamilton and Verstappen is very gripping. He also mentioned that it is sad to see tight battles culminate into crashes.

“It’s made it very gripping. It’s enthralling and fascinating. I just think it’s a shame in our sport that it inevitably boils over into these crashes. I don’t think that’s an exhibition of skill. It exhibits a lack of self-control, really,” said Hill.

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

Hill also commented on the crash at Monza between title rivals.

“It was avoidable. The question is whether it’s an error of judgment, or a deliberate reluctance to give in. They’re both playing hard, but I think that you have to get at least a wheel ahead to have a go at going round the outside of someone, and Max wasn’t ever in that position.” said Hill.

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Former world champion analyzes the Hamilton-Verstappen crash

Hill did not blame any driver for the consequence of the crash, and he also mentioned that he was happy that the Mercedes driver came out of the crash unscathed. He mentioned that once Max was on the sausage kerb, the crash was inevitable.

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“Once you do that, you’re out of control. He had the option to take to the escape road I think earlier than that and to avoid contact and have another go somewhere else, but he didn’t. Maybe he knew that if Lewis got ahead, he was done for. 

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen before the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

“The consequences are quite dire, and luckily, Lewis is unhurt. I’ve seen a picture of his head being squashed by the tire and had Max dropped the clutch than with his head attached to the tire that could have been extremely nasty. But that’s something that’s beyond Max’s control,” said the former Williams driver.

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The crash meant that Verstappen stayed ahead of Hamilton in the championship. But he also got a 3-place grid penalty for the Russian Grand Prix.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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