Four-time Formula 1 champion Alain Prost defends Lewis Hamilton from any insinuations that he might have taken Max Verstappen out of purpose.
Over the past two weeks many have tried to compare Hamilton and Verstappen’s rivalry to the legendary and explosive rivalry between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna.
Well now, after Red Bull tried to accuse Lewis of deliberately causing his collision with Max, Alain Prost gave his opinion on the issue.
“Lewis is not a dirty driver,” Prost told Equipe magazine.
“I don’t want to choose sides, but the way Hamilton and Verstappen fought in the first few laps meant both drivers were full of adrenaline.
“But I don’t think it was a voluntary incident. They had too much to lose.”
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Having himself been in a volatile rivalry with Senna, Prost understands that the tensions between the two drivers and teams are high.
“They are under tremendous pressure because the discussion is public, and the teams are standing beside their driver.”
But ultimately he feels the British Grand Prix incident cannot be compared to his championship-deciding 1989 crash with Senna at Suzuka, and their 1990 crash, again at Suzuka.
“The 1989 telemetry showed that Ayrton kept driving at full speed the whole time, in 2021 he would get a heavy penalty for that.
“In 1990 psychology played a big role, Ayrton was angry because of a change to the grid, and in the warm-up I was faster than him,” the legendary Frenchman concluded.