Martin Brundle: Analysing and explaining the Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen British GP collision





Sky Sports








1:22

Watch the incident between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton which despatched the Purple Bull into the boundaries on the opening lap of the British GP

Watch the incident between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton which despatched the Purple Bull into the boundaries on the opening lap of the British GP

Moments after the 5 crimson lights extinguished to start out the 2021 British Grand Prix Max Verstappen knew he was the hunted, and Lewis Hamilton understood he was the hunter.

Max had a comparatively poor begin from pole place, and in a mirror picture from the day earlier than when these two drivers had been within the reverse positions for the 17-lap Dash, second place on the grid launched Lewis away completely.

The Mercedes was carrying much less downforce and corresponding drag than the Purple Bull, being a full 6mph quicker by means of the top-speed entice in qualifying. Lewis was quickest of the 20 automobiles and Max was slowest… These sort of elementary set-up choices are totally locked in with Parc Fermé guidelines as soon as qualifying is underway.

Max skilfully went totally across the exterior of flip one to carry the lead. Lewis gave him area, nevertheless it seems they briefly touched tyre sidewalls. A glimpse of the close to, very close to future.

Into flip three Max needed to defend which put him out of place for the subsequent tight left-hander known as ‘The Loop’. Lewis swung round behind him putting his automotive for a greater exit whereas Charles Leclerc within the fast-starting Ferrari sensibly saved an in depth watching transient, which allowed Hamilton the liberty. Charles’s endurance would quickly be rewarded.

By means of the left swoop of Aintree and onto the Wellington Straight, Hamilton inevitably had a greater exit and the slipstream was highly effective. Verstappen instantly swung left attempting to interrupt that slipstream and drive Hamilton to go the great distance spherical for the fast-approaching Brooklands left-hander.

Hamilton took it, and after taking part in high-speed dare with one another touching wheels down the straight he was marginally forward. However Verstappen had the within line and will choose his braking to be fractionally later than Hamilton to regain the initiative.

Lewis left him area, and it suited him anyway for his counterattack into the subsequent section. In some way Max made the nook by slicing throughout the within kerb, however as soon as once more was preventing to regain the racing line and to defend.

Once more Hamilton took the opposing line by means of the lengthy right-hander of Luffield, thereby turning the nook right into a ‘V’ somewhat than a ‘U’ such that he might energy on early. By means of the sweeping Woodcote nook, the Mercedes’ velocity and slipstream had been highly effective as they headed in the direction of ‘Copse’, flip 9.

From the Dash race all of us knew that Verstappen needed to lead out of the Becketts advanced at turns 10 by means of 14, the place his additional downforce would permit him to tug a niche on Hamilton floundering in his discarded turbulent air with much less downforce. He wouldn’t get that far.

Equally, Lewis knew the one option to take command of the race was to guide out of Becketts and energy down the Hangar Straight.

In direction of Copse, Max moved fairly arduous proper and pinned Lewis, who had initially feigned left, in the direction of the previous pit wall maybe sure in his thoughts that Lewis would yield as he approached a 180mph nook at an acute angle on the soiled facet of the observe.

The day earlier than within the Dash, Lewis had been in an analogous state of affairs however on the skin and needed to yield, costing him an opportunity of victory, and he had already determined to not make that mistake once more.

I consider he had additionally determined he had yielded too many occasions to Max’s aggression reminiscent of at Imola and Barcelona earlier within the yr, and even the day earlier than. He was 33 factors behind within the championship and wanted to make a stand towards this fearless Dutch driving machine who needs his crown.

The British GP was red-flagged when Max Verstappen was forced to retire his car after a collision with Lewis Hamilton on the first lap. Who was to blame?

Sky Sports 1:38
The British GP was red-flagged when Max Verstappen was compelled to retire his automotive after a collision with Lewis Hamilton on the primary lap. Who was accountable?

The British GP was red-flagged when Max Verstappen was compelled to retire his automotive after a collision with Lewis Hamilton on the primary lap. Who was accountable?

Hamilton was momentarily largely alongside earlier than he bailed out of the throttle. Max turned in feeling the nook was his and so they touched, spinning him in the direction of the barrier at excessive velocity, lastly stopping with the drive of 51G. Thank goodness the automotive didn’t begin rolling over, or a wheel bouncing into the marshal and even crowd enclosures.

Hitting the barrier sideways hurts loads, your ankles and knees can clatter collectively and your pelvis, ribs, shoulder and neck take an enormous lateral load. Your head slaps into the headrest however fortunately that and crash helmet know-how and design is sweet now.

Purple Bull felt it was an expert foul, an intentional accident from Hamilton. They had been incandescent, their potential world champion was bruised, their automotive expensively wrecked on this new price cap period, and with potential grid penalties to return from any engine and ancillary injury.

Christian Horner was unimpressed with Lewis Hamilton's win following a first-lap collision with Max Verstappen that forced the Red Bull driver to retire

Sky Sports 2:55
Christian Horner was unimpressed with Lewis Hamilton’s win following a first-lap collision with Max Verstappen that compelled the Purple Bull driver to retire

Christian Horner was unimpressed with Lewis Hamilton’s win following a first-lap collision with Max Verstappen that compelled the Purple Bull driver to retire

They might rating zero factors from the race and each championship leads can be severely eroded. I’m informed by Purple Bull there’s information to show Lewis was considerably quicker into Copse than at some other time and he wouldn’t have made the nook with out working large, and inevitably contacting Max.

Presumably, that will likely be made publicly obtainable and if Purple Bull really feel they’ve ‘new proof’ they might nicely make an enchantment to the FIA as to their perceived diploma of fault and leniency concerning Hamilton.

Watching Lewis over the many years it is clear that he is not a basically soiled driver, though in fact, he has had a few left-front towards right-rear skirmishes with Purple Bull’s Alex Albon in newer occasions.

Max is tremendous aggressive, and we love him for that, however Lewis determined he was going to counter that aggression. This incident was solely a matter of time.

Sadly, it occurred at Copse nook, one of many world’s quickest. We’ve got seen many key overtakes right here over the many years, at all times needing bravery, ability and a few danger. However simply as at among the scariest of corners like Eau Rouge at Spa and the previous 130R at Suzuka, it is not out of bounds for an overtake as Hamilton ably demonstrated 50 laps later when he seized the lead from Leclerc at the exact same spot. It was that sort of race.

Mercedes-Benz felt that beneath agreements made concerning driving infringements, and demonstrated on a easy doc of unclear origin, that Lewis was sufficiently alongside to have owned the nook.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff speaks to Sky Sports F1 about the lap-one incident at Silverstone and Lewis Hamilton's subsequent win

Sky Sports 4:37
Mercedes workforce principal Toto Wolff speaks to Sky Sports activities F1 concerning the lap-one incident at Silverstone and Lewis Hamilton’s subsequent win

Mercedes workforce principal Toto Wolff speaks to Sky Sports activities F1 concerning the lap-one incident at Silverstone and Lewis Hamilton’s subsequent win

Nonetheless, the Stewards determined Hamilton was ‘predominantly’ accountable for the contact and gave him a 10-second penalty to be served at his subsequent pit cease. This implies possible 70/30 accountable however not wholly.

The primary cause was as a result of they felt he might have pulled a tighter to the right-hand apex. He may be seen totally in the course of the observe post-contact however his steering wheel would have had a compelled straighten-up at excessive velocity within the course of.

I’ve been by means of Copse many hundreds of occasions in each sort of racing automotive since 1977, and you can’t see it till you flip in. It’s a sensible if scary high-speed nook.

It might have been tremendous excessive danger for each drivers if Hamilton did that on function, and it appeared to me extra like two nice racing drivers preventing very arduous for a world championship.

Max was not at fault though for his personal race and championship marketing campaign he might have left a bit more room on the within given Hamilton was sure to be compromised on that line, and maybe have been much less satisfied that Lewis would yield.

However that is with calm hindsight. With a 33-point championship lead and the quickest automotive he presumably took too many dangers after that tardy begin, however that is why he is a championship contender.

The 4 ranges of in-race penalty obtainable to the Stewards are 5 seconds added to the subsequent pit cease (or elapsed race time if no additional stops), the ten seconds they selected, a ‘drive by means of’ which might have price 19 seconds on the day, or a 10-second ‘cease and go’ which might price round 32 seconds at Silverstone by the point you will have pulled out and in of your workforce pit space.

Even after we knew Max was okay my coronary heart was nonetheless heavy as a result of I used to be so trying ahead to these two drivers slugging it out for 52 laps. We’ve got a tremendous championship on our arms which is each bit as dramatic and highly effective because the Senna/Prost days, together with others.

Subsequent up reside solely on Sky F1: The Hungarian GP!

Do not miss the subsequent instalment of a gripping F1 season and Hamilton vs Verstappen’s title duel on the Hungarian GP on July 30-August 1.

It was a bit uncomfortable listening to the Purple Bull and Mercedes workforce managers and workforce principals endeavouring to affect the state of affairs by lobbying the race director however that appears to be the communication system in place, and which we’re broadcasting for first time this season. Michael Masi, the race director, fairly rightly pointed them in the direction of the Stewards, and I can think about a future revision on this course of.

By means of all this Leclerc drove fantastically to guide a lot of the race till Hamilton handed him with a few laps to go having recovered his 10-second penalty.

What an ideal drive from the younger Monegasque regardless of some engine-cutting points, and good to see Ferrari are on prime of their tyre points and exhibiting respectable race tempo once more.

I assumed the brand new Dash format confirmed loads of promise, and I couldn’t assist however suppose after I was out on observe Saturday morning seeing the swathes of enthusiastic followers that ‘we now have obtained a race for you as we speak somewhat than automobiles attempting arduous to not be close to one another for a qualifying lap’.

The 17-lapper had some key moments even on the entrance, and fears that drivers wouldn’t be bothered about risking all of it for a grid area or two unsurprisingly turned out to be mistaken.

It might not work at avenue circuits in fact, and we should cease pretending it is not a race as a result of it’s. Additionally, to keep away from confusion ‘Qualifying’ ought to generate pole place whether or not it is on Friday or Saturday.

It was fantastic to see and listen to the followers again, and for Silverstone to look so magnificent while producing thrilling high-speed motion but once more. They noticed Hamilton take his 99th F1 victory and eighth British GP in a race which will likely be argued over for years.

There’s a lot extra to say concerning the weekend however I’ve used up 1680 of my 1000 phrases…





Supply hyperlink

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *