Damon Hill says Lewis Hamilton showed Max Verstappen he was a “streetfighter”, and adds their collision was “equally Max’s fault as his”.
After Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s collision at the British Grand Prix, many current and ex Formula 1 drivers are chiming in with their opinions.
On the F1 Nation podcast 1996 Formula 1 champion Damon Hill talked about the incident from his point of view.
“It was a statement of intent, wasn’t it,” said Hill.
“It was Lewis saying ‘I am a streetfighter and if you are going to get rough with me, I am going to have to show you what I have got’.
“Psychologically, that is going to have made a dent in Max, it has to. It has made him realise that Lewis, in a wheel-to-wheel battle is not going to back down.
“That has got to go down in the mental notebook.”
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For the incident the FIA gave Lewis a 10-second penalty and 2 penalty points on his super licence, but Damon believes the blame is shared between the two drivers.
“One of the things Lewis is brilliant at is playing in the little zone that’s between overstepping the mark and not being aggressive enough.
“He seems to manage to judge that to perfection. I’ve never seen him do something unsporting in a race particularly.
“That was about as close as you’ll get to something you’d say ‘that was a little bit over the top’. But it wasn’t, because I’m sitting here going ‘he had to do it’.
“There was always a chance of an accident, but it would have been equally Max’s fault as his and that’s where Lewis has been brilliant at judging those things,” concluded Hill.