John Watson says Max Verstappen “maybe lost his judgement”

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Former F1 driver John Watson says the Italian Grand Prix collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen was a result of Max’s “poor judgement, based on frustration, and maybe anger”.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were involved in a crash at the Italian Grand Prix, for which the Dutch driver received a three-place grid penalty, to be served during the next race.

Former F1 Driver John Watson criticised Verstappen for his actions, and said Max escaped with “a lenient penalty”.

“It was an unviable place, or opportunity, to overtake,” Watson told

“The reason why Verstappen did what he did was he knew that he needed to get ahead of Lewis at the earliest opportunity.

“If Lewis had exited the chicane ahead of Max, it would have been very hard for Max then to overtake him on pure pace.

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“It was Lewis’ corner. There is no way you come in, go around the outside and then expect the car that was ahead to just disappear.

“Lewis is not Houdini. He was physically there and there was no space.”

The collision happened following a botched pit stop by Red Bull that allowed Hamilton to exit the pitlane ahead of Verstappen. Watson believes this made Max lose “his judgement”.

“Max maybe lost his judgement, or his rationale, in what’s viable and what’s not viable. He ‘did a Max’, sticking his nose up and trying to bully his way through to get ahead of Lewis.

“It was poor judgement, based on frustration, and maybe anger, at what had taken place in the pit-stop,” the Briton concluded.

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