In Monza another chapter of the rivalries of Formula 1 is being written. This time it is not an internal feud, as happened in 2016 between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, this time it is a real war between Mercedes e Red Bull. The final image, of the Dutchman’s single-seater literally above that of the British, will remain in the history of engines.
The exchange of accusations
The first question, however, is whose fault it is. The Brit, the first to speak to microphones, immediately blamed Verstappen. “I left space, he obviously lost control and flew into me. It was opportunistic, he knew we would collide like this. I also have a head and neck pain. I was fighting for the win, I was doing well. The Halo saved me, sure. ” Accusations sent back to the sender by the Dutch driver: “No, it was he who pushed me outside and at a certain point I didn’t have any more space. He pushed me towards the curb. I couldn’t do anything else. It’s racing, Things that happen”. For Toto Wolff, Mercedes team principal, it was “a tactical foul, like in football. He did this maneuver to keep him from winning. On the first lap at the Canal Hamilton opened the door because both would not have passed. I expect penalties. ? I don’t know but at Silverstone they punished us. ” Verstappen was given a three-place penalty to be served in the next grand prix scheduled for two weeks in Russia.
In reality, according to the first reconstructions, there would be a concurrence of guilt. Let’s try to recap what happened: it all stems from two wrong pit stops, that of Red Bull first and that of Mercedes after. These two unexpected episodes meant that the two rivals for the World title found themselves rubber on rubber. What happened here? Hamilton did not give space to Verstappen who, on the curb, continued to accelerate: as a result, his car bounced up, almost flown, finishing above the Mercedes. Thanks to the Halo protection, and even a bit of luck, Verstappen’s right rear tire didn’t land on Hamilton’s head but a few inches ahead, as the Red Bull ended up mired in the gravel of the circuit.
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by our correspondent Alessandra Retico
12 September 2021
Max’s bad gesture
To what extent will these clashes be tolerated? Especially now that we enter the topical phase of F1? For the moment the accident gives Verstappen a +2 over Hamilton, thanks to the sprint race. Last thing that must be said: Verstappen got out of the car without even making sure that the opponent was okay. This really wasn’t ethically good.