Hill says Verstappen might have thought “I have to take him out”

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1996 Formula 1 champion Damon Hill says Max Verstappen’s manoeuvre on Lewis Hamilton might have been a “calculated move to collide with Lewis”.

After the Turn 1 collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, that’s taken them both out of the Italian Grand Prix, Damon Hill says the Dutch driver’s move was either “an error of judgement or a calculated move to collide with Lewis”.

“I have to say, looking at the replay of Max on Lewis at Turn 1, there was no way he was going to make that work,” Hill told Sky Sports F1.

“He had to take evasive action, as Lewis did in the second chicane to avoid an accident, so the only conclusion is he might have been thinking ‘I have to take him out’.

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“Now I don’t want to think that of any driver, but I think it was either an error of judgement or a calculated move to collide with Lewis.

“Which is strong, strong stuff, and I don’t like the idea that I’m accusing anyone of doing that.

“But he’s got a points advantage and this was a race which Mercedes was supposed to win,” Damon concluded.

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