Sport ‘A Hamilton and Verstappen crash is inevitable’

09:50  20 april  2021
09:50  20 april  2021 Source:   planetf1.com

Lewis Hamilton takes subtle dig at Max Verstappen as he names his toughest opponent

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READ MORE: Verstappen and Hamilton at odds over whether they made contact in crucial start of Imola race. It has all the hallmarks of a titanic battle, not least because I don’t think teams will be able to throw a lot of resources at this year’s car with the 2022 car in the works. There is so much focus on 2022, as the regulations are changing so dramatically, that I think what we see now is what we will get all season. All the reactions to Bottas and Russell's Imola crash . Imola is quite a narrow track so there’s not much space. When you add wet grass either side from the rain, it becomes very, very tricky.

Two crashes , a sprint to the line, and a Max win: Brazil's crazy climax With Verstappen and Hamilton well ahead of the field with 20 laps remaining, the Brazilian GP was set up for another ding-dong battle between the pair for the race victory. But then Valtteri Bottas' engine failure - Mercedes' first reliability DNF of the season - led to a Safety Hamilton immediately dispatched midfield front-runner Gasly and was then all over the back of Albon in the Red Bull, who appeared to give space down the inside at Turn 10. Hamilton dived up that gap, but when Albon then turned into the corner a shunt was inevitable .

Jolyon Palmer thinks a crash between Sir Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen is inevitable as they battle for the World Championship this year.

a truck that is sitting in the sand: Lewis Hamilton Max Verstappen, 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola © Getty Images Lewis Hamilton Max Verstappen, 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola

After (just about) a clean fight in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix in which Hamilton came out on top, the title rivals banged wheels at the opening chicane of the Emilia Romagna GP at Imola.

Verstappen got the better of that confrontation as he held the lead and Hamilton lost a front-wing end plate on his Mercedes, with the Red Bull driver going on to win by 22 seconds.

The reverse one-two finish from Bahrain left Hamilton, the seven-time World Champion, one point ahead in the standings because he set the fastest lap at the Italian circuit.

Lewis Hamilton surprised by pole position as Max Verstappen vows to make race 'difficult'

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The Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, has dismissed George Russell’s suggestion that his crash with Valtteri Bottas at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was caused because the Finn feels his future is under threat from the British driver. Wolff issued a stern rebuke to Russell and warned how the incident at Imola could have an impact on the championship ambitions this season for Lewis Hamilton and the team. Max Verstappen won the race for Red Bull with Hamilton coming in second after a brilliant recovery drive from ninth place.

Hamilton feared joining Vettel/ Verstappen crash . "It's a very fast, long corner. "I don't think any top driver has ever been taken on the outside there before. "I didn't even see him there, I was doing the corner normally. "When I watch the replay, I don't really understand what he was up to there, but it wasn't a problem for me. "And yeah, naturally [I'm] thankful for the way he drives, because that meant we didn't lose too many points today." Hamilton admitted he was surprised to find the Red Bulls behind him on fresh tyres, after Mercedes elected not to pit under a safety car around half-distance.

However, with many more tussles looking likely over the 21 remaining races scheduled for the 2021 campaign, former F1 driver Palmer expects a rivalry to develop which could resemble the one between Hamilton and his former team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Although he did not suggest it could descend into acrimony, as the Hamilton-Rosberg head-to-head did, Palmer believes neither driver will flinch or yield to the other given what is at stake.

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“This race [Imola] if anything has absolutely shown us who will be fighting for the championship this year, and when you’re fighting with your rival you can take more risks because if you get it wrong you’re probably going to take both out,” said Palmer during the BBC’s Chequered Flag podcast.

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Hamilton and Verstappen clashed at the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, but they disagree over whether there was any contact. Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen battled wheel-to-wheel for P1 at the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. When the duo passed through the first chicane, a piece of Hamilton ’s front wing could be seen dangling.

When Max Verstappen wrestled P1 off Lewis Hamilton at the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, did the pair make contact? Neither of the frontrunners could agree after the stunning contest at Imola… Hamilton ’s pole position was undone by Verstappen almost instantly, as the Red Bull driver leapt off the line READ MORE: Russell accuses Bottas of breaking 'gentleman's agreement' over crash , as Finn says Briton's move made no sense. “The key, I think, is to have that good launch, which was also a bit of a surprise to me,” he said. “After last year where we always struggled in the wet, I think over the

“If you’re fighting your championship rival you can get your elbows out a bit more, be more argy-bargy. It showed the aggression I’m looking forward to seeing over the next 21 races.

“I think Lewis knows this is the title battle of his career. He had them in 2007 and 2008…but okay, the title battle of the decade. He’s not had a challenger as good as Verstappen, maybe since Fernando Alonso in the same team, but that was when he was a rookie. This is a challenger more fierce than Felipe Massa ever was in 2008.

“We harp back to the Rosberg days but they would rather crash with each other than finish behind each other. It’s the same now. That’s the fierce rivalry that’s already been born for this season.

“Hamilton took a risk at the start of the race because he would rather neither of them finished the race, probably, than finish second behind Verstappen.

“That was the thing with Rosberg and Hamilton – better to take chances in 50-50 moments and put your car in the position where you might have a crash if he turns in.

“You might risk a bit of contact here or there. When it’s your rival, you’ve got to do it and I think we’re going to see a crash between them at some point and I don’t know how we didn’t at Imola.”

Palmer also shared his thoughts on the big crash between Valtteri Bottas and George Russell, and, like many others, feels the latter needs to hold himself responsible for the accident.

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