Andrew Shovlin believes that the collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen was impossible to avoid.

The first-lap incident at Silverstone between championship rivals Hamilton and Verstappen will be discussed for weeks. Mercedes trackside engineering director Shovlin supposes that it was impossible to avoid the incident because Hamilton wanted to overcome Verstappen’s aggressiveness.

“If you look at the sprint race, [and] if you look at the opening lap of the main race, Lewis was constantly having to back out of it to avoid a collision,” he said.

“He was able to put his car into a position where he could stand his ground.

“Max drives aggressively and it’s inevitable that one day, we’re going to get an accident,” he added.

“But we were pleased with the job Lewis did, and slightly disappointed to get the penalty but just relieved we could still win the race.”

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