Anthony Hamilton: “99 times out of 100 it’s a race incident”

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Lewis Hamilton’s father Anthony says the collision between his son and Max Verstappen was a “racing incident” and adds the fans “got a phenomenal race”.

In the last few days there have been many drivers, observers and fans who have given their opinion on the Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen incident at the British Grand Prix. Now Lewis’ father Anthony has also come out with his two cents on the issue.

“At the end of the day, it’s a racing incident and 99 times out of 100 it’s a race incident,” Anthony Hamilton told Sky Sports.

“What do you want then? Drivers lining up neatly on the straight and then taking it easy. This is a race.

“The most important thing about this weekend, other than hopefully that Max is well, is that the fans got a phenomenal race.

“Not just at the British Grand Prix, [but] worldwide. Everyone watching this race got a phenomenal race and that’s what we should be talking about.

“That’s the most important thing, without the fans we don’t have a race. At the end of the day, six and one half dozen of the other, it’s not important. What is important is people got value for their money.

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“Has it raised a huge amount of spirits given the pandemic and issues going on around the world? I think so. That’s the centre of focus, we should be happy and celebrating.”

Asked in Max and Lewis’ rivalry can now be compared to the explosive rivalry between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, Anthony said it can’t because the incident was not deliberate.

“Both those guys get on the grid to have a good race, sometimes it doesn’t go as expected, but that’s just racing.

“Certainly Lewis isn’t sitting at home thinking I’m going to do this or that. Lewis is out there to race and I think Max is as well.

“Just sometimes, when you have got two guys fighting for something at the front, maybe that’s what happens.

“We hope it doesn’t happen anymore but it’s not just at the front, it happens at the back many more times. It’s just part of racing and we have got to keep the spirit of racing.

“At the end of the day, people want to see some racing – fair racing, decent racing and we need to give people what they came to see,” concluded the elder Hamilton.

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