Hamilton says Italian GP penalty “unlikely” to deter Verstappen

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Lewis Hamilton gives his thoughts on the three-place grid penalty Max Verstappen received after their collision at the Italian Grand Prix.

The FIA determined that Max Verstappen was predominantly to blame for the Italian Grand Prix collision between him and Lewis Hamilton.

The Dutch driver was handed a three-place grid penalty to be served at the Russian Grand Prix. When asked by Sky Sports F1 if he believes the penalty will deter Verstappen from making similar moves in the future, Lewis said it was “unlikely”.

“Unlikely, unlikely,” laughed the Briton.

“I think the stewards always have a tough job to do. There’s always gonna be one party that’s unhappy with their decisions, and always one that’s OK with it.

“I think they did their job, and we have to respect their job. That’s all I can say.”

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Lewis was also asked if he thinks Max will try to avoid similar situations in the future.

“He’s never done it in the past, so I don’t expect it to happen,” Hamilton said.

“I think that’s probably the way I will approach things, in not expecting it, and [I’ll] just try to create the space that’s needed. I’m sure he will, and we will, continue to learn.”

“I was saying [in the press conference] that I know what it’s like when you’re fighting for your first championship. There’s a lot going on, and there’s a lot riding on it.

“We will continue to be professional, hopefully, moving forward, and race fair,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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