Verstappen on Silverstone crash with Hamilton: “Crashes happen”

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Max Verstappen says the controversial 2021 British Grand Prix collision with Lewis Hamilton is behind them, and “that’s the beautiful thing about racing drivers”.

Ahead of the 2022 British Grand Prix, Max Verstappen was asked about the collision he had with Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone a year earlier, which ended with him in the wall.

It caused a lot of harsh words to be said by Red Bull toward Lewis and Mercedes, but Verstappen now says this is all behind them.

“I think that’s the beautiful thing about racing drivers,” the Dutch driver said.

“Of course, at the time you’re upset but you also can quickly forget about it and just move on, and continue to race hard.

“If you look at how we are interacting this year, it’s behind us. Crashes happen, unfortunately, and some are a bit more painful than others, but you move on from it.”

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Verstappen also added the incident will not influence how he races this year, even if he’s racing Hamilton.

“It brings back memories but it doesn’t really influence what I’m doing right now. I’ve also hit the wall at other places. It is what it is.

“It was just not the best Sunday for me but these things happen. You just always look forward, because looking back is not going to change anything.

“I’ve had a lot of Sundays where, of course, I would have liked to have had a better result and that was the same last year.

“What happened there is now behind me, and I just look ahead,” Max concluded.

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