“Lewis Could Have Died” – Stewart Bashes ‘Immature’ Verstappen for Post-Hamilton F1 Crash Antics

Published 09/14/2021, 1:56 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in third position for the sprint qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


The off-track battle of the championship rivalry this season is almost as intense as its on-track counterpart. The intense race at Monza saw the protagonists collide yet again, adding tension to the growing rivalry. After the crash, Max Verstappen got out of his Red Bull, still atop the Mercedes, and walked away. Even in the tweets that followed, fans noticed a stark difference in the attitudes of the two drivers.

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Sir Jackie Stewart, a legend of the sport, was disappointed with the Dutch driver. “Verstappen is taking longer than expected to mature. Not even to go to see Hamilton after a serious accident when you have just driven over the top of the guy is something I don’t really understand.” 

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the race REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

The Flying Scot stated that Verstappen‘s prominent race craft doesn’t give a reason to keep getting involved in such situations. “He’s probably the fastest driver on the grid now, but to be a proper champion you cannot be entangling yourself in crashes all the time.”

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Further, Sir Stewart had a word of advice for the team principals. “‘If I were their team principals, I’d tell them, ‘For Christ’s sake, don’t do it again’. Just because you are leading the world championship, it doesn’t mean you are bulletproof.”

Many have compared the rivalry to the greats of the sport. Yet, it has become overly intense between the two drivers. Verstappen and Hamilton have different modes of attack; the friction between the two causes problems in the championship battle.

Stewards let Max Verstappen off easy: Sir Jackie Stewart

There has been a growing discussion of the difference in penalties given to Lewis and Max. Regarding the crash in Silverstone, stewards gave Hamilton a 10-second penalty – one that didn’t affect his race much. Contrarily, Verstappen has been given a three-place grid penalty for Sochi and 2 points on his license.

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However, Sir Jackie believes Verstappen deserves what he got, if not more. Questioning the stewards, he said, “The stewards have more information, but if they were so certain Verstappen was entirely to blame, then why does he only get a three-place penalty?”

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

The unsafe collision between the rivals saw Hamilton making out by the skin of his teeth. The Mercedes car rear-ended the Red Bull before going under it. Considering the intensity of the situation, Sir Jackie wants Verstappen to get stronger repercussions. “If it weren’t for the halo, Lewis could have died, and the supposed culprit only gets a slap on the wrist!”

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The difference in opinions will continue, as some side with Verstappen and others, Hamilton. The battle has F1 split into two teams and both stand strong for their drivers. Headed to the Russian GP, who will make up for the race in Sochi?

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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