Lewis Hamilton goes undercover to inspire school children
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David Coulthard has hinted Lewis Hamilton was to blame for the incident with Max Verstappen at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday. Verstappen was penalised after colliding with the back of his Mercedes rivals’ vehicle. Yet the former Formula One star thinks the Brit was responsible for what happened.
On lap 37, Verstappen and Hamilton’s vehicles collided while going at breathtaking speed.
The Red Bull star was then penalised by F1 officials in the aftermath, with the 24-year-old then hitting out at the decision to slap him with two punishments.
Many have been quick to condemn Verstappen who, not for the first time, has faced accusations of dangerous driving.
However Coulthard, speaking to F1 Nation, has hinted that Hamilton was actually to blame for the incident instead.
“Given my experience in ’98 when Michael [Schumacher] ran into the back of me in Spa where I was told I had to let Michael past, I slowed down to allow Michael past and then he ran into the back of me,” he said.
“There was a lot of criticism of me at the time of ‘did I brake test him, did I do something to try and help Mika in the championship?’
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“No, I just followed the instructions of the team and tried to let him past.
“Max has been told to let Lewis past. He has slowed down strategically and if you look, Lewis is slowing down and there is no contact initially.
“Then when he is a little bit uncertain, I think he was probably a little bit confused as to whether there was a virtual safety car.
“You can’t look at your cockpit and dash to get that information and look out the cockpit.
“All of those things come together where he has then hit the back of Max.”
Both Hamilton and Verstappen have, somewhat inevitably, contrasting opinions about the collision.
Hamilton took aim at the Red Bull star, saying he couldn’t ‘understand’ why the 24-year-old broke suddenly.
“I didn’t quite understand why suddenly [Verstappen] hit the brakes pretty heavily,” he said.
“I ran into the back of him, and then he moved on. So I didn’t understand exactly what was going on.
“I got a message afterwards that he was going to let us past. So it was a bit confusing.”
Verstappen insisted he didn’t want to cause an incident, instead saying he tried to ‘give it all’.
“I slowed down,” he said. “I wanted to let him by, so I’m on the right but he didn’t want to overtake and then we touched.
“I don’t really understand what happened there.
“A lot of things happened, which I don’t fully agree with, but it is what it is.
“I mean, at least I tried it on track, you know, to give it all.”
Now, Verstappen and Hamilton will fight it out for the F1 title at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.
And Ralf Schumacher is backing the youngster to come out on top.
“I love the risks Verstappen takes,” he told Sky Germany.
“Max just has to be careful not to overdo it.
“It can get borderline with him. Sometimes he has to be a little smarter.
“Both of them deserve it, but Verstappen is closer to me in type.
“He has an opinion and embodies the young sportsman who learned very quickly. Max and the Red Bull squad also deserve it after such a long time.”
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