Verdict: Did Verstappen deserve his penalty for Hamilton conflict?

After practically a yr with out Lewis Hamilton/Max Verstappen fireworks, the 2021 Components 1 arch-rivals got here collectively once more early within the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Verstappen got here off second-best this time: entrance wing harm, a 5s time penalty and an eventual sixth-place end, whereas Hamilton recovered from eighth to second behind race-winning Mercedes team-mate George Russell.


Scott Mitchell-Malm

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Brazilian Grand Prix Race Day Sao Paulo, Brazil

My intestine feeling when it first occurred was that Hamilton might and possibly ought to have left extra space.

However on the similar time, Verstappen was being fairly aggressive making an attempt to drive the difficulty there anyway given the trajectory of the nook and had no intention of backing out.

So, it was a textbook racing incident for me in that each drivers might simply have prevented it and neither did.

Generally I ponder if we’ve misplaced the flexibility to rule on clashes like that although, and that there’s better emphasis than ever on apportioning blame and slapping somebody with a penalty. I’m unsure if that is truly the case or not, it’s simply my feeling.

Anyway, each drivers might have performed one thing to keep away from the contact. The way in which the FIA tried to shore up the racing guidelines for this season, although, means Hamilton wasn’t entitled to. So it finally ends up being a Verstappen penalty. There’s not less than a logic there however I do assume it’s flawed.


Gary Anderson

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We have to enable racing, particularly on the primary lap or after a security automotive.

From my standpoint the Hamilton/Verstappen incident was a racing accident. If there was any purpose to extend the proportion of blame onto Verstappen then he suffered the results by having to pit for a brand new entrance wing.

As for the Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc conflict, then I feel the Norris penalty was comparatively extra justified. Norris understeered into him however you danger that end result once you attempt to go across the outdoors as Leclerc did. Once more in my e book it was a racing incident.


Glenn Freeman

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Brazilian Grand Prix Race Day Sao Paulo, Brazil

Of all of the potential outcomes of the investigation into that conflict, a penalty for Verstappen wasn’t one I noticed coming.

I felt that Verstappen’s try across the outdoors of the primary nook had received him far sufficient alongside to be entitled to a bit extra space on the right-hander. As Max stated on the radio, he couldn’t abruptly disappear.

If somebody needed to be blamed – and it appears in F1 we’re now in a state of affairs the place each collision should lead to somebody being declared at fault – I anticipated it to be Hamilton for not giving Verstappen sufficient house.

However what’s occurred to the racing incident as an appropriate end result? Verstappen made an bold however official try to go, and Hamilton didn’t wish to give the place up. It was marginal. They collided, each went off observe, and each dusted themselves off and carried on.

Why couldn’t that be the tip of it? Wheel-to-wheel racing in F1 is over-regulated now. You possibly can’t write black and white guidelines that pretty and precisely cowl each situation between two vehicles on the tons of of various corners featured in an F1 season.

They convey out the worst in one another

Ben Anderson

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Mexican Grand Prix Race Day Mexico City, Mexico

When Hamilton and Verstappen first began going wheel to wheel in conditions that counted for one thing, I felt typically that Verstappen was being over-aggressive and asking Hamilton to leap out of the best way to keep away from collisions.

Verstappen is aggressive and uncompromising, and all the time has been. It’s a part of what makes him a particular racing driver. Hamilton is mostly extra measured in his strategy however he has progressively wound up the aggression ranges with a view to address Verstappen and little doubt ship a message that he won’t be bullied.

The place this has led us is what occurred in Brazil: Verstappen making an attempt an aggressive and dangerous around-the-outside go, Hamilton refusing to provide Verstappen even the remotest little bit of house to complete what he began.

Verstappen ought to in all probability have backed out after operating too deep into the primary a part of the Senna S; Hamilton didn’t really want to squeeze Verstappen proper over the within kerb by means of half two.

As we noticed with Leclerc and Norris, bouncing over a kerb creates uncontrollable instability that may simply result in catastrophe. Hamilton was fortunate to get away with no harm contemplating how a lot hazard he put himself in. Verstappen was in all probability punished sufficient for chasing that misplaced trigger with the harm sustained to his Crimson Bull with out the necessity for the stewards to intervene and add a time penalty on prime.

Virtually every other mixture of present F1 drivers – save for possibly Alonso and Ocon! – in all probability will get by means of that sequence with out vital contact, however with regards to Hamilton and Verstappen the mutual respect isn’t there, neither is the belief, and there may be a lot dangerous historical past between them (and their groups and the FIA) now that it’s tough to see how issues will get higher – definitely within the quick time period. These two merely appear to deliver out the worst in one another.


Matt Beer


Fortunately the title battle’s over and Verstappen had sufficient issues within the race that one other 5s static within the pits wasn’t going to make an enormous distinction to his life, so his equal of a mildly peeved shrug on crew radio when informed of the penalty was an satisfactory response.

This didn’t want a penalty in any respect. Two good drivers going to the restrict and it went barely robust. Each might’ve performed one thing to keep away from it. Neither did something gratuitous to trigger it. Verstappen’s dive down the skin to begin all of it was pretty to observe.


Josh Suttill

This collision reveals nothing has actually modified between Hamilton and Verstappen since their ferocious championship combat final yr. And the one purpose we didn’t get a conflict like this thus far in 2022 is due to the W13.

That is their first correct wheel-to-wheel duel (that wasn’t horribly one-sided) since Mercedes has engineered and upgraded its automotive to an analogous stage because the RB18 and it ended precisely what number of of their fights in 2021 did.

Time has not mellowed their rivalry as proven by Hamilton’s temporary verdict on the incident after the race – “What can I say? You understand how it’s with Max so…”

A part of me maybe thought issues may cool off between the pair now they haven’t been combating one another for a title, however all it confirms to me is that their on-track fireworks will proceed for so long as they each have vehicles able to combating each other.

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