Villeneuve: Hamilton didn’t deliberately stumble upon Verstappen

Jacques Villeneuve doesn’t assume Lewis Hamilton intentionally drove Max Verstappen on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix. The comparability with the collision between the Canadian and Michael Schumacher in Jerez in 1997 is due to this fact skewed in his view.

Feeding all season Max Verstappen on Lewis Hamilton already a fierce battle for the F1 world title. That battle was strong, however there have been no incidents till the British Grand Prix. It went improper for the primary time at Silverstone. In Copse Nook, one of many quickest corners of the F1 calendar, Hamilton tried to move Verstappen on the within. Contact adopted, after which the Pink Bull Racingdriver slammed into the tire stacks at excessive velocity. The 23-year-old Dutchman was taken to hospital for a check-up, however ultimately he would solely be left with a considerably sore neck from the accident.

The stewards opened an investigation and dominated that Hamilton was most at fault for the incident. Due to this fact, he was penalized with a time penalty of ten seconds. Jacques Villeneuve can perceive that punishment. “Lewis misjudged the state of affairs. He ought to have recognized that at that velocity there are turbulences while you drive behind a automotive, inflicting him to slip into Max’s automotive,” the 1997 world champion analyzed the collision for F1-Insider. Probably the strain issue additionally performed a job in Hamilton. “I feel the strain that he would even be crushed by Max at his residence race was so nice that he subconsciously took this danger into the discount. I think he would have gone off the fuel earlier on this nook at every other race.”

The collision between Verstappen and Hamilton is definitely not the primary time that two title candidates have come into contact with one another. That occurred in 2016 between Hamilton after which teammate Nico Rosberg. That second occurred in the course of the Spanish Grand Prix, the place Verstappen took benefit and gained his first GP. The title contenders additionally met in 1997, then in the course of the remaining race of the 12 months at Jerez. On the time, Michael Schumacher made an try and drive Villeneuve out of the race and thus take the title. Nevertheless, final Sunday’s collision at Silverstone falls into a unique class, in keeping with the Canadian. “It is not that Lewis purposely steered into Max’s automotive, like Michael Schumacher did with me in Jerez in 1997. He was simply attempting to take his probability.”

Video: Tom Coronel discusses, amongst different issues, the much-discussed collision

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