Lewis Hamilton Insinuates Dirty Tactics from Max Verstappen in Monza F1 Crash

Published 09/12/2021, 1:38 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton before the sprint qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


It has happened again! Championship rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have crashed into each other. But this time, the incident took both the drivers out of the race rather than just Verstappen. The Mercedes driver was livid at the Red Bull driver and blamed him for the crash.

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Hamilton mentioned that Max intentionally crashed into him. He also brought up their Turn 4 incident at the start of the race where too they touched and Lewis had to take avoiding action.

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He knew he was going over the kerb but still did it: Lewis Hamilton

As reported by GPFans, the seven-time world champion acknowledged that accidents and crashes are a part of racing. But he stated he gave enough room to Verstappen, but he still crashed into him.

“I came out, I saw Daniel came past, Max was coming, I made sure I left a car’s width. I was ahead going into turn two and all of a sudden he was on top of me,” said Lewis.

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

Hamilton also mentioned the touch earlier in the race. “It was exactly the same scenario as turn four where I went around the outside. I was in exactly the same position and I gave way.

“That is racing. He just didn’t want to give way today, and he knew going into [turn] two what was going to happen. He knew he was going over the kerb but still did it. I don’t really know what else to say,” concluded Hamilton.

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I didn’t expect him to just keep on squeezing: Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen presented his case for the crash, but he was less angry than Hamilton. He mentioned Lewis did not leave a car’s width at the corner and so the contact was inevitable.

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“I didn’t expect him to just keep on squeezing, squeezing, squeezing because he didn’t need to. Even if he had left just a car’s width, we would have raced out of Turn 2, anyway. I think he would have probably still been in front.

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

“But he just kept on pushing me wider, wider, wider, and then at one point, there was nowhere to go. He just pushed me onto the sausage kerb and that’s, at the end of the day, why we touched because the rear tire bumped up to the tire,” said Verstappen.

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Despite the crash, Max is still leading the championship by 5 points from Hamilton. This is the first time they have collided this season after Silverstone.

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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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