Max Verstappen said after the Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix on Sunday that he would not hesitate to collide with Lewis Hamilton again after the rivals collided at the Interlagos circuit on Sunday.
Hamilton and Verstappen snagged in Senna’s ‘S’ as the race restarted on lap seven after the safety car intervened. They were fighting for second place. Hamilton managed to finish second – behind team-mate George Russell who took the first victory of his career while Verstappen, who was forced to stop to repair his Red Bull, finished sixth.
“You know how it is with Max”
The double world champion was found responsible for the collision by the marshals and hit with a five-second penalty. After the race, Hamilton, who was involved in a number of altercations with Verstappen during last season’s title fight, said: “What can I say? is with Max.”
“Not upset about the penalty”
Verstappen replied: “I wasn’t upset about the penalty, but if you ask me if I would do it again? Absolutely. I rounded on the outside in the first corner, and I felt as soon as I was next to him that he had no intention of giving me space, and I was like, ‘Okay if you don’t give me space then we’re just going to collide'”.
“I thought after last year we could forget all that and finally race. But you feel it with a rider, if he’s going to give you space or not, and he had no intention of telling me. leave some space.”
After an investigation, the FIA said: “The stewards have determined that Verstappen attempted to pass Hamilton on the outside of the first corner by braking very late. He failed to pass into the first corner and his excessive speed caused compromised his entry into the second corner, where he made contact with Hamilton.Although the stewards recognize that Hamilton could have possibly given a little more space at the apex of the second corner, the stewards determined that Verstappen was primarily at fault.”
George Russell takes the first victory of his career in Brazil