Lewis Hamilton said his latest run-in with Max Verstappen showed the Red Bull driver has to be handled differently in combat than some of his rivals.
Asked in the FIA press conference whether Verstappen has to be treated differently to other drivers Hamilton said: “Yep.”
“I think every driver is slightly different,” he explained. “Some are smarter. Some are very smart, aggressive and some are silly with it.
“Through those experiences of racing with people you give some more space. And others you don’t have to, they’re quite respectful.
“But Max, it’s very likely you’re going to come together with Max if you don’t give him extra space. So most of the time you do.”
However Hamilton said he had little room to avoid the collision between them in today’s race. “In my experience, I didn’t have a lot of space to give him extra space.
“I don’t think it was intentional or anything like that it was just… it’s a magnet for those kind of things. But nonetheless I managed to keep the car together in a straight line, fortunately.”
Sebastian Vettel, who finished second, said he had the same view on Verstappen’s driving as Hamilton. “Copy and paste,” he commented.
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