Verstappen on collision with Hamilton: “It cost him the race win”

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While discussing his collision with Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen said he “knew we were going to get together” and added “it cost him the race win, for me – it gave me 5s”.

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, while they were engaged in a battle into Turn 2.

The Dutch driver received a five-second penalty for the incident, and later admitted he knew that they were going to collide.

“To be honest, I went round the outside and I immediately felt he was not going to leave space, so I just went for it,” he explained.

“He did not leave space, so I knew we were going to get together. It cost him the race win, for me – it gave me 5s. It would not have mattered for my race because we were just way too slow.

“But it’s just a shame, I thought we could race quite well together but clearly the intention was not there to race.”

He later further explained his position.

“I just felt it, as soon as I was going next to him, that he had no intention to leave me space. And okay, if you don’t leave me space, are we just going to collide?

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“I thought after last year, we maybe forget about it, we can finally race you know. Because first of all, when I went side by side, I thought okay, let’s have a good race here.

“But then you feel it with a driver, if he’s going to leave space or not. And there was zero intention to leave me space.”

Verstappen added he was surprised by the penalty he received.

“Yeah, to be honest, I was surprised when I got the five second penalty,” he explained. “I mean, I was not upset. But if you asked me, ‘would I do it again?’ Absolutely.

“I was, well I can say, 85% alongside, and my intention is never to crash. But I could feel he was just not going to leave me the space into that corner. And then yeah, we collide.

“If he would have just moved a little bit, he probably would have stayed ahead anyway. And it’s a shame.

“I want to race. I want to have a good fight, but when the other one doesn’t want to work with you…” the Dutch driver concluded.

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