Verstappen did not expect Hamilton “keep on squeezing” him

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 12: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W12 battle for track position during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 12, 2021 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images). Credits: Red Bull Content Pool.

Max Verstappen’s race in Monza ended after just 25 laps when he collided with Hamilton in the first chicane.

Why it matters: Both drivers were unable to continue after the incident and got out of the cars.


  • According to the Dutchman, Hamilton did not give him any space and pushed him further into the corner.
  • Verstappen thinks Hamilton would have been ahead after turn 2 if there was no crash.

What he had to say:

I didn’t expect him to just keep on squeezing, squeezing, squeezing… because he didn’t even need to. Even if he would have left me just the car’s width, we would have raced out of turn 2 anyway and I think he would probably still be in front.

Max Verstappen (via Sky Sports)
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