‘He knew what was going to happen, but he did it anyway’: Lewis Hamilton blames Max Verstappen for horror crash where Red Bull car landed on his head, but his rival insists ‘that’s what happens when you don’t give space ”
- Lewis Hamilton says Max Verstappen was responsible for crash at Italian Grand Prix
- Verstappen’s Red Bull car landed on Hamilton’s head after collision on lap 26
- Hamilton pointed out that Verstappen ‘just didn’t want to give in to him’
Lewis Hamilton blames Max Verstappen for crash during the Italian Grand Prix.
The title rivals collided on lap 26 with the Red Bull Car landing on Hamilton’s head.
Hamilton, who remains five points behind Verstappen, emphasized that the 23-year-old “just didn’t want to give in”.
Lewis Hamilton (L) blames Max Verstappen (R) for Italian Grand Prix crash
The protective halo device ensured that Hamilton was not seriously injured.
The incident occurred after Hamilton exited the pit lane, with Verstappen competing with him for position.
Hamilton told Sky Sports: “I’m a little stiff and my neck hurts because he landed on my head, but it’s going to be okay.
“As far as I remember I raced as fast as I could, I was in the lead time, they accommodated me, the pit stop was slow and I lost a few seconds. I came out, I saw Max coming, I left the width of a car, drove ahead in turn one, forward in turn two, then he’s on top of me.
“He just wouldn’t give in today. He knew what was going to happen going into turn two, going over the curb, but he did it anyway. We’ll talk to the stewards, but I don’t know what to say.
“I’m sure we’ll talk when we get to the stewards.”
Hamilton emphasized that Verstappen ‘just didn’t want to give in’ when entering the second corner
Verstappen stated that Hamilton “continued to ‘squeeze’ him and said there was little he could do if the British driver was “unwilling to work” to complete the corner.
The pair also collided at Silverstone during the British Grand Prix in July.
Verstappen said: “We realized it was going to be almost into turn one, we crossed over and I had to get onto the green part. He realized I was going for it, he kept squeezing me, I wanted to race.
Verstappen said Hamilton was ‘unwilling to work’ to get both cars past the bend
“You automatically talk about Silverstone, these things happen and we are all professional to deal with them. I didn’t expect him to keep squeezing, if he had given me a car width we would have raced out of turn two. Then I had nowhere to go, he pushed me on the sausage edge, we touched. He kept squeezing as I stood next to him.
“You need two people to work together to make the corner, we fought for position and unfortunately we hit each other.
‘If a man doesn’t want to work, what can you do? It’s not going to happen.
“It’s a real shame what happened today, nobody likes to see that, but we’re professional enough to move on and keep going.”
Daniel Ricciardo won the race ahead of his McLaren teammate Lando Norris, with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas third.