Lewis Hamilton places full blame on Max Verstappen after Italy Grand Prix crash

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Lewis Hamilton insists Max Verstappen was to blame for the crash which dumped both drivers out of Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.

With just over 26 laps remaining at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Verstappen drew up alongside Hamilton as he left the pit lane.

The Dutchman duelled for position with his F1 rival as they reached the Variante Del Rettifilo corner, before he ran wide and hit the raised kerb, launching his car into the air and then on top of Hamilton's.

It was a miracle that the reigning world champion escaped any serious injuries, but Verstappen blamed him for their crash in Monza.

He was heard saying over Red Bull's team radio: "That's what happens when you don't give space".

However, Hamilton has fired back at Verstappen after Sunday's race, claiming the crash would have been avoided if he gave more way.

"I was racing as hard as I could, finally got past Lando [Norris], I was in the lead so they pitted me, pit-stop was obviously slow, lost a couple of seconds," the Brit said.

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"Came out, saw that Daniel [Ricciardo] came past, Max was coming, I made sure I let a car's width on the outside to him.

"I went into Turn 1 and I was ahead, I was ahead going into Turn 2, then all of a sudden he was on top of me."

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When asked if Verstappen could have backed out, Hamilton said: "Absolutely. Exactly the same scenario that happened in Turn 4, where I went around the outside, I was in exactly the same position, but I gave way.

"And that's racing. He just didn't want to give way today. He knew when he was going into Turn 2 what was going to happen, he knew he was going over the kerb but still did it.

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"We'll speak to the stewards and we'll see."

Ricciardo came out on top in Sunday's Grand Prix, edging out McLaren team-mate Norris.

Red Bull's Sergio Perez crossed the line in third, but a five-second penalty put him below Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc in fifth.

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