Ross Brawn doesn’t choose sides in Hamilton/Verstappen incident

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Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn didn’t comment on who was at fault in the Hamilton/Verstappen collision, instead he said he hopes “we can avoid those incidents in the future”.

In his column Ross Brawn gave his comments on the “fabulous” British Grand Prix weekend, that saw Formula 1 try out a qualifying sprint race for the first time ever.

“It was a fabulous weekend,” the Briton wrote.

“We had a full house, which was permitted by the UK government pilot event, while the new format – our first-ever F1 Sprint – was a success.

“And then we had a nail-biting Grand Prix on Sunday that was a game of two halves with a dramatic start and a dramatic finish.

“We saw the title protagonists go wheel-to-wheel once again, but this time it ended in a collision, which ended Max’s race.

“It was a massive relief to see him climb out of the car and walk away before he went to hospital for precautionary checks.”

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Brawn decided not to give his opinion on who was at fault in the incident.

“As is always the case in these matters, there will be a wide range of opinions on the rights and wrongs.

“What is clear is that we were robbed of a thrilling battle and nobody wants the championship decided on crashes and penalties, and, as in this case, there was a serious risk to either driver.

“It is something both drivers will reflect on. I hope we can avoid those incidents in the future because I think we were denied a fantastic battle.

“They raced each other hard for half a lap, and it was thrilling. Imagine how dramatic the Grand Prix would have been if that had been the whole race,” concluded the Briton.

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