Hamilton didn’t want to overtake me – Verstappen

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 05: 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 collide during the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on December 05, 2021 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202112050201 // Usage for editorial use only //

Max Verstappen explained the incident in which he collided with Lewis Hamilton on a straight during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Verstappen battled the position with Hamilton on the restart after the second red flag. Both drivers struggled through turn 1, but the Dutchman came ahead despite leaving the track.

Because of that incident, the Red Bull driver was told to give back the position to Hamilton. Verstappen followed the instructions in a rather unusual way, slowing down all the way to third gear on a straight, causing Hamilton to collide with his rear, inflicting damage.

After the race, Verstappen said he didn’t understand the incident, as he explained he slowed down to let the British driver by, who the Dutchman states “didn’t want to overtake” him.

“I slowed down. I wanted to let him [Hamilton] by, but he didn’t want to overtake and then we touched,” Verstappen said. “So I don’t really understand what happened there.”

The Red Bull driver also spoke about the race overall, stating there are “a lot of things” which he doesn’t agree with. However, he accepts second place and expects to have a good weekend in Abu Dhabi, where he could claim his first World Championship title.

“It was quite eventful,” he said. “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, to give it all, but I’m not sure if the tires were lasting to the end. I think it was good for the beginning of the end of the stint – the last stint basically. Nevertheless, still second.

“The championship will be decided in Abu Dhabi, so, hopefully, we’ll have a good weekend, but we’ll see.”

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