Jean Todt says Hamilton/Verstappen collision was just “racing”

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FIA president Jean Todt says he told Red Bull boss Christian Horner that the collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix was just “racing”.

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix, that led to Verstappen violently crashing into the barrier.

While Red Bull insisted the crash was completely Lewis’ fault, even going so far as suggesting it was deliberate, most Formula 1 personalities thought it was simply a racing incident.

Now FIA president Jean Todt says he also believes it was just a racing incident.

“I told Christian Horner that I was sorry about what happened to his driver, but that’s racing,” the Frenchman told Sport Bild.


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“People sometimes forget that Verstappen crashed in the fastest corner, and the next day he would have driven the race if there had been one.”

With many suggesting that the intense rivalry could lead to more dangerous moments, Todt believes the battle is good for Formula 1.

“We should be happy to have a competition between two teams and two drivers. For the fans, I would even prefer that it was between four drivers.

“But it’s still better than having just one team out in front. It’s good for the sport that there is such ambition and tension.”

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