Hamilton warns Verstappen: “There needs to be respect on track”

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After his British Grand Prix collision with Max Verstappen Lewis Hamilton warns “there needs to be respect on track, but if not, this will happen more often”.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided in spectacular fashion on Lap 1 of the British Grand Prix. The collision put Max out of the race, while Hamilton received a 10-second penalty.

However, many current and ex Formula 1 drivers believe the collision was a classic example of a racing incident and was a result of Verstappen’s aggressiveness, that Hamilton has finally had enough of.

After the race, the Briton was asked if he was going to clear the air with his rival.

“I don’t know,” Lewis said.

“I’m open to it, I don’t have any issues, I mean, I don’t really know what we’ll say. Just game on, we’ll just keep on attacking.

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“There needs to be respect on track, but if not, this will happen more often I guess.

“And I tried my hardest just to stay as clean as possible. He cut across me and we collided, and I was quite frustrated, because we have to give space for one another.

“And anyway, I knew I had the penalty, and I knew I was going to have to give everything for the team and for the fans here…

“And just never gave up,” concluded Hamilton.

And give up Lewis did not. In the end he overtook Charles Leclerc on the penultimate lap of the race, to take another spectacular win. He now sits eight points behind Verstappen in the championship standings.

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