F1 RADIO: Hamilton Defends Himself & Blames Verstappen for His Dangerous Crash at Silverstone

Published 07/18/2021, 10:34 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after finishing first in the sprint race qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


Moments into the race, the British Grand Prix had its first major incident of the day, and this time between the title rivals, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. The two came together in the first lap of the race at turn one at Silverstone, with Verstappen being taken out by the Mercedes driver.

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The seven-time world champion continued with his race, as the Red Bull prodigy was sent into the barriers in a wrecked car. Hamilton soon came on the team radio to inform his team that he too sustained damage due to the collision, and stated it wasn’t his mistake.

Lewis Hamilton doesn’t think it was his fault that Max Verstappen crashed

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As Hamilton was pushing to take the lead at turn one of the track, he made contact with Verstappen, which sent the latter hurdling to tire wall before coming to a sudden stop.

Hamilton came on the team radio and said, “I’ve got damage. He just turned in on me. I was ahead going in there, man. Fully alongside, it was my line.”

With the session being red-flagged, Hamilton will be looking to put the incident behind him and focus on winning the race, and bring home a much-needed victory for the Mercedes team.

Unfortunately, such an incident will obviously be investigated by the stewards, and the Briton might be awarded a penalty.

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Can Lewis grab a victory with Max out of the way?

Without a shadow of a doubt, Hamilton and Verstappen are arch-rivals and have pushed each other to the limit. Hence, with the Dutch driver out of the British Grand Prix due to this incident, Hamilton is looking to bring home a victory and seize twenty-five points for himself.

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during sprint qualifying REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

With a restart on the way, Hamilton is hoping for a clean race and aims that such an incident doesn’t take place again.

Do you think that Hamilton will win his home Grand Prix, with his title-rival out of the race, and bag twenty-five points, which will see him narrow the gap in the championship battle? Let us know your predictions in the comments below.

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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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