Max Verstappen talks about crashes between him and Lewis Hamilton

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Max Verstappen talks about crashes between him and Lewis Hamilton

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have had a huge rivalry for two years. Max showed what quality he has and emerged as the winner. However, what many are interested in is why crashes happen between him and Hamilton. “Well, I have to be careful what I’m saying here, but with everyone I’ve been fighting this year, it’s been really hard, aggressive battles and we never really came together.

Somehow, with Lewis it’s a different story. And I honestly don’t understand. Like, this year, ok we haven’t really had a lot of battles. But Brazil we got together – it was not my intention [that we crashed].

I got the blame for it, which I didn’t find fair. If it would’ve been more of a racing incident that I could live with. But… I don’t understand. Maybe it’s just a generation thing – that we understand each other better, we are racing nicer to each other.

I don’t get it. But I don’t feel like I’m doing anything different to Lewis or to the other drivers in terms of how we’re racing. Because the day before with George [in the Interlagos sprint race where Russell attacked and passed Verstappen], we were having an incredible [fight] – closing the door, defending, out-braking each other.

That was a lot of fun and I was trying to do the same in the main race – having that kind of battle. But, unfortunately we couldn’t get it to work”. - he said, as quoted by

Max Verstappen

The Dutchman was careful though.

“Because in England this can very quickly be received as criticism. And then I’m being called out on it. I always respect Lewis a lot for what he has achieved in the sport, but that’s why I don’t really understand why we cannot really race like I’ve been doing with the others.

Of course, everyone is different in their approach. I know that Charles is a bit different to George, or to Carlos [Sainz] or to Checo [Perez], or whoever. I do have to be a little bit more careful with that because immediately it’s really taken as criticism. And then people start to hate on you. Well, that’s not my intention”.