Dutch driver Christijan Albers says Lewis Hamilton had to “draw the line”

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Former F1 driver Christijan Albers says Lewis Hamilton took “the high road every time” with Max Verstappen, but since Silverstone he had to “draw the line”.

After Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s crash at the Italian Grand Prix, many current and ex Formula 1 personalities gave their opinions on the controversial situation.

During de Telegraaf’s Formula 1 podcast Christijan Albers explained that Hamilton finally had enough of giving “millimeters and centimeters” to Max.

“The reality of course is just that if you go and look at Imola, with the race start, you also see that he actually just pushes Hamilton to the outside,” Albers said of the duo’s Lap 1 duel that didn’t end in a collision only because Lewis backed down.

“If you go and look at Barcelona – exactly the same. If you look at Silverstone with the sprint race and the first few corners until they get to Copse, he takes the high road every time.

“And you can see that Hamilton has to continually cash in and he does go more to the safe side. At some point it stops. Hamilton is of the same calibre as Verstappen. Those are two great drivers.

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“It’s a Senna-Prost situation we’re in. Lewis always gave the millimeters and centimeters to Max, but once you have to draw the line. And since Silverstone that has happened.”

Albers also went on to criticise the way Red Bull boss Christian Horner has been handling controversial situations in the media.

“I am not a fan of [Mercedes team boss Toto] Wolff, but I do think he is fifty to one hundred percent more professional than Christian Horner.

“Especially how he expresses himself. He gives the reaction that the stewards have to make the decision and that there is no point.

“Wolff does learn from the situations that have happened before and he anticipates on that,” concluded the Dutchman.

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