WATCH: Max Verstappen Draws a Sharp Breath With Blunt Take on Lewis Hamilton’s Race-Ending Move

Published 08/29/2022, 6:55 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – July 24, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the race with second place Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Yesterday’s Belgian Grand Prix was a breath of fresh air for all Formula 1 fans. After a month-long summer break, Spa gave us some much-needed return to racing. For Lewis Hamilton, however, it was a weekend to forget. Watch Max Verstappen react.

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Lewis Hamilton suffered a race-ending shunt on lap 1 of the Belgian Grand Prix. Going into turn 5, Hamilton was on the outside of Alpine’s Fernando Alonso. Mid-corner, being just ahead, Hamilton failed to leave a car’s width on the inside. This resulted in Alonso’s front left wheel making contact with Hamilton’s rear right axle, which sent the Briton airborne.

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Hamilton retired from the race soon after.

After his stunning victory, Max Verstappen re-watched the events of the race in the cool-down room. He had a few words to say about the HamiltonAlonso incident.

Watching the incident on the big screen, Verstappen commented, “Whoa! Ok that was also not a car’s width.”

 

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But he was quick to realize how big the impact was. “That’s a big hit,” exclaimed the defending World Champion.

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Verstappen stormed to a 20-second victory from P14 on the grid. On the other hand, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes had a weekend to forget.

Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton reflect on disastrous Belgian Grand Prix weekend as Max Verstappen steals the show at Spa

George Russell drove a brilliant race yesterday, finishing P4. However, for Lewis Hamilton and Co., Spa was a disaster. In the aftermath of the entire weekend, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff and Hamilton spoke candidly about the whole weekend.

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Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 27, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Speaking to the media, Wolff exclaimed, “It’s for me the worst qualifying session I had in 10 years. And irrespective of what positions we will start in tomorrow, being on pole the previous weekend and three weeks later being nowhere, it’s just not acceptable for ourselves.”

While Lewis Hamilton assumed responsibility for his lap 1 shunt, “Looking back at the footage, he was in my blind spot and I didn’t give him enough space, so it was my fault today.”

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Anirban Aly Mandal

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Anirban Aly is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. While pursuing his undergrad in Law from Symbiosis Law School, he has written multiple academic papers centered around the domain of Motorsports. Not only that, but due to his love for Formula 1, he aims to work as a Legal Advisor in the most prestigious racing series in the world.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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