Hamilton Accuses Verstappen Of Being Over The Limit In Saudi Arabia Crash – WTF1

Hamilton Accuses Verstappen Of Being Over The Limit In Saudi Arabia Crash

The good, the bad and very ugly, F1’s debut at Saudi Arabia had it all. Unsurprisingly, the championship fight has taken another controversial turn as Lewis Hamilton collided with the back of Max Verstappen’s car after the Dutchman was told to let the Mercedes past.

The pair had already narrowly avoided crashing into each other once before. On the first standing restart on Lap 15, Verstappen went wide and cut across his rival at Turn 1, allowing Alpine’s Esteban Ocon to jump Hamilton. Another restart later two laps later and the Red Bull was back in the lead with the Mercedes close on his tail, before the Virtual Safety Car was brought out on Lap 28 to deal with debris left on the circuit.

Once the VSC ended on Lap 36, Hamilton was already in Verstappen’s slipstream using the advantage of DRS to go wheel-to-wheel into Turn 1. The pair almost collided once again as Verstappen ran wide.

Ordered to give the place back, Verstappen seemed to ease off the accelerator and Hamilton smashed into the back of his championship rival rather than passing him, damaging the Mercedes’ front wing in the process.

The seven-time champion was furious, accusing the Dutchman of brake-testing him and dangerous driving. Even after taking his 103rd victory of career, Hamilton was still left baffled by the events that unfolded and called out Verstappen for taking it too far on track.

“I didn’t quite understand why all of a sudden he hit the brakes quite heavily and then I ran into the back of him. Then he moved on so I didn’t understand was exactly was going on and then I got a message afterwards that he was going to let us past so it was bit confusing,” he said to F1 after the race.

“For me, I really had to try and just keep my cool out there which was really difficult to do. I’ve raced a lot of drivers through my life and I’ve come across a lot of different characters and there’s a few at the top which are kind of over the limit, rules kind of don’t apply or don’t think of the rules,” Hamilton continued when speaking to Sky.

“Today I just tried to do my talking on the track and keep the car between the white lines and do it the right way.

“He’s over the limit for sure. I’ve avoided collisions on so many occasions with the guy and I don’t always mind being the one that does that because you live to fight another day.”

“It doesn’t matter for him if we both don’t finish, for me we both need to finish,” he added.

As a result of Lewis’ victory, the two championship contenders are tied on 369.5 points heading into the final race in Abu Dhabi. However, this title fight could end up being settled in the stewards’ room, as the pair are under investigation for another incident later in the race.


15 thoughts on “Hamilton Accuses Verstappen Of Being Over The Limit In Saudi Arabia Crash

  • Anthony Schroeder says:

    The lap 38 event was the least objectionable of 5 potentially penalty worthy incidences by Max in the race. If Max wasn’t sitting mid track and indeed moving back and forth, I’d say there was no case at all.

    Max straight up yeeted Lewis off track three times and blatantly unsafely cut him off another time after that. It’s absolutely shocking he didn’t get more than the one penalty and was extremely dirty racing. [No, being asked to give back a spot illegally obtained is not a penalty]

    Also the last swap on position to immediately use DRS to take it back is a cut and dry penalty as well, and just like last race, it’s absolutely ridiculous that it isn’t even investigated.

    The extreme avoidance of trying to settle the race by stewarding is creating far too much inconsistency and encouraging bad behavior, and honestly at this point, seemingly likely to settle the championship via inaction.

    • Winston Longtrotter says:

      Fanboy I reckon? The problem with being a fan is that every action of the opponent is a crime to humanity and every action of your own team is fair game. If you look at the way Bottas (great wingman) backed up the RD car to so it would be compromised at the pitstop at the first safety car. You could say it is smart racing, or dirty racing. A RB fan will say it is dirty. Same as Hamilton driving extremely slow at restarts, another example of smart racing, I guess.

      The incident where the RB car gave back the lead, the RB team chose specifically where to do it. With the goal to get the DRS advantage straight after. They can give the lead back where ever they want, and in ythe first race this year Verstappen was even criticized for making it too easy. Hamilton knew what was going on and didn’t just drive past him (what would be normal for a F1 driver) but wanted to make sure he got the DRS. That resulted in the incident.

      2 drivers fighting for this years championship and doing what they must. Looking forward to see the end next week!

      • Anthony Schroeder says:

        There are rules for what is a legal way to give back place, and Lewis has been penalized for giving place in a way that allowed him to immediately take it back. This is not a new regulation.

        Im fine if someone wants to say Bottas backing the field was penalty worthy, it’s still nothing close to the repeated and truly dangerous events Max took today. As mentioned before, I actually think the collision was the least egregious of these, the telemetry and timings are clear, Lewis hadn’t been told yet that Max was asked to yield. So it wasn’t that.

        The sporting regs say the consequences are not supposed to be taken into account when determining the severity and punishment of a violation, but clearly they have been, and Lewis avoiding collision only through significant evasive action has been letting Max get off scott free. LeClerc, Gasly, Norris, Stroll, Ocon, Yuki, Lewis himself have all been penalized for far less this year than what Max did this race or in Brazil, or Imola, or Monza. It is a consistent repeated pattern and that’s what is so disturbing.

        • Winston Longtrotter says:

          “Im fine … penalty worthy”. So it is okay to take someone out of the championship with these “soft tactics”. Because they were “smart” enough to take away the RB chance. The WC leader was exposed and completely compromised had the red flag not appeared. I’m of the opinion that those actions are even dirtier then hard wheel to weel racing. And most of the time not punished at all.

          • Anthony Schroeder says:

            I guess I don’t understand how literal dangerous driving repeated many times over the course of the same race, is less dirty than a single incident at delay tactics.

            When I said “I’m fine with”, what I mean is that just because Max was being hazardous and dirty, doesn’t make other actions clean and fair. The critique on Bottas holding the pack is quite valid. It just doesn’t come close to excusing or canceling the definitely “over the line” racing Max did today.

            At best it is a “and”, not a “but”. Now if you want to argue explicitly on the impacts and appropriate punishment for holding the pack like that, we can talk about that instance separately, it just isn’t germane and 100% isn’t an excuse for Max to do what he did.

        • Michiel Bijlsma says:

          Lewis tried to yeet him off in retaliation and only got a radio message that he was bordering an official warning, not even an actual one, let alone a penalty.
          The picture of events you try to paint is biased.

  • Michiel Bijlsma says:

    “all of a sudden”: white lie number 1
    “hit the brakes quite heavily”: white lie number 2

    Telemetry showed the slow-down by 33 was visible, constant, consistent and timely.
    The white lies by Hamilton are designed to
    -cover up his own erratic driving behind Verstappen (also visible on telemetry)
    -paint Verstappen in a worse light with no solid grounds

    • Anthony Schroeder says:

      Telemetry showed exactly the opposite which is why stewards took action after the race. Good luck though.

      • Winston Longtrotter says:

        Hamilton not overtaking and driving behind Verstappen is at least 50% of the incident. He wanted to tailgate him all the way to the DRS line because. “I had no clue what was happening, so best thing to do is just keep following the guy I have been chasing for the whole race”. Possible another white lie??

        OFF TOPIC MARKETING SUGGESTION: Fit all cars with a polygraph and introduce the “true/lie” indicator with all team radio. Sure FIA will agree to this idea. Could be operational next week.

        Fact: if Hamilton had overtaken in a normal fashion, there would not be an incident.

  • The two moves Verstappen made after both restarts were already really dangerous. This shows that he’s definitely willing to crash for the title if he has to. Looking back at this one, I’m wondering why Hamilton didn’t just simply overtake him. Since he braked and shifted down himself, he actually did realize that VER was slowing down. But instead of simply passing, he just stayed behind him. I don’t know, maybe HAM was just afraid that VER might have squeezed him into the wall or maybe because he was weaving on the straight. VER proved multiple times that he’s very dirty at defending.

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