Verstappen on Hamilton crash: “He just kept on squeezing me”

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Max Verstappen gives his first comments on his Italian Grand Prix collision with Lewis Hamilton, that put them both out of the race.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided midway through the Italian Grand Prix, and both ended up in the gravel.

The incident happened after Lewis came out of the pitlane directly in front of Max. The Dutch driver attempted an overtake at the first chicane, they touched, and the Red Bull basically ran over the Mercedes.

Max Verstappen, naturally, blames Hamilton.

“We realized it was going to be close into Turn 1,” Max told Sky.

“[Hamilton had to] cut across after the white line [at the pitlane exit] and I had to go on to the green part to not touch.

“I went around the outside. And of course, he realized I was going for it. So he just kept on squeezing me.

“I didn’t expect him to just keep on squeezing, squeezing, squeezing, because he didn’t even need to. Even if he would have left me just a car’s width, we would have raced out of Turn 2 anyway.

“And I think he would have probably still been in front. But then he just kept on pushing me wider and wider. And at one point, there was nowhere to go.

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“He just pushed me onto the sausage kerb. And that’s why, at the end of the day, we touched because of the rear tyre.”

Max says there is no similarity between this incident and the one that happend at the British Grand Prix.

“I wanted to work with him because I wanted to race. Of course people then automatically start talking about Silverstone, but these things happen.

“Of course, it was not nice at the time. But I think we’re all professional enough to just get on with it and keep on racing each other.”

The Dutch driver then accused Lewis of not wanting to “work together” to race fairly.

“You need two people to work together, right? So if you one guy is not willing to work, then what do you do? It’s still going to happen.”

When asked if he will discuss the incident with Hamilton, Max said: “I think we’re professional enough to step over it and just keep on going”.

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