Martin Brundle: Analysis and explanation of the collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen British GP




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Watch the event between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, which sent Red Bull into an obstacle on the first lap of the British Grand Prix

Watch the event between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, which sent Red Bull into an obstacle on the first lap of the British Grand Prix

After the five red lights that started the 2021 British Grand Prix went out, Max Verstappen knew he had been hunted, and Lewis Hamilton also knew he was a hunter.

Max started relatively poorly from pole position, and in the mirror image of the previous day, when the two drivers were in reverse position during the 17th lap sprint, the second ranked Lewis left perfectly.

Compared with Red Bull, Mercedes has less downforce and corresponding drag, passing the top speed trap in qualifying by a full 6 mph. Lewis is the fastest of the 20 cars, and Max is the slowest… Once the qualifying starts, these basic setup decisions are in full compliance with Parc Fermé’s rules.

Max cleverly bypassed the outside of Turn 1 to maintain the lead. Lewis gave him space, but it seemed that they briefly touched the sidewall of the tire. A glimpse of the near future.

In the third round, Max had to defend, which made him lose the position of the next tight left-handed player named “The Loop”. Lewis turned around behind him to allow his car to exit better, and Charles Leclerc in the fast-starting Ferrari wisely kept a close watch, which allowed Hamilton to be free. Charles’ patience will soon be rewarded.

Peering through Aintree’s left side, into the Wellington straight, Hamilton inevitably has a better exit, and the airflow is strong. Verstappen immediately turned to the left, trying to break the airflow, forcing Hamilton to go a long way for the quickly approaching Brookland left-hander.

Hamilton accepted it, and after playing high speed and daring to touch each other’s wheels, he took a slight lead on the straights. But Verstappen has an inside line and can judge that he braked slightly later than Hamilton and regained the initiative.

Lewis left him room, which is suitable for him to enter the next stage of counterattack anyway. Somehow, Max cut the inside curb and entered the corner kick, but tried again to regain the racing line and defend.

Hamilton once again pitched through Raffield’s long right hand, thus turning the corner kick into a “V” shape instead of a “U” shape so that he can start early. By sweeping Woodcott Bend, Mercedes’ speed and airflow were very strong as it headed towards the “Copps” at Turn 9.

From the Sprint race, we all know that Verstappen must lead the Beckett complex at turns 10-14, where his extra downforce will allow him to use less downforce while Hamilton is struggling in the turbulent air he discarded. Open the gap. He won’t go that far.

Likewise, Lewis knew that the only way to control the game was to lead Beckett out and close the hangar straight.

Walking towards Copse, Max moved quite hard to the right and nailed Lewis, who initially pretended to be left, to the wall of the old pit. Perhaps he thought Lewis would approach the 180 mph corner at an acute angle on the dirty side of the track. yield.

In the sprint game the day before, Lewis was in a similar situation, but had to make concessions on the perimeter and lost the chance of victory. He has decided not to make such a mistake again.

I believe he also thinks that he had succumbed too many times under the aggression of Max Imola and Barcelona earlier this year or even the day before. He is 33 points behind in the championship and needs to stand with this fearless Dutch driving machine who wants to win the championship.

Max Verstappen was forced to retire after a collision with Lewis Hamilton on the first lap. The British Grand Prix was warned by a red flag. Whose fault is it?

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Max Verstappen was forced to retire after a collision with Lewis Hamilton on the first lap. The British Grand Prix was warned by a red flag. Whose fault is it?

Max Verstappen was forced to retire after a collision with Lewis Hamilton on the first lap. The British Grand Prix was warned by a red flag. Whose fault is it?

Hamilton was mainly on the side for the time being before he got rid of the throttle. Max turned around, feeling that the corner belonged to him. They touched him, spinning him towards the obstacle at high speed, and finally stopped with 51G. Thankfully, the car did not start to roll over, nor did the wheel bounce into the sheriff or even the crowd fence.

It will be painful to hit an obstacle sideways, your ankles and knees will collide together, and your pelvis, ribs, shoulders and neck will be subjected to huge lateral loads. Your head hits the headrest, but thankfully, the technology and design of the crash helmet is now very good.

Red Bull believes that this is a professional foul and a deliberate error by Hamilton. They are incandescent lamps, their potential world champion is injured, their car is destroyed in this new cost cap era, and any engine and auxiliary damage may result in grid penalties.

Christian Horner disagrees with Lewis Hamilton’s victory because he collided with Max Verstappen on the first lap, forcing the Red Bull driver to retire

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Christian Horner dismissed Lewis Hamilton’s victory because he collided with Max Verstappen on the first lap, forcing the Red Bull driver to retire

Christian Horner was dissatisfied with Lewis Hamilton’s victory because he collided with Max Verstappen on the first lap, forcing the Red Bull driver to retire

They will score zero points in the game, and both championship titles will be severely eroded. Red Bull told me that there are data that prove that Lewis enters Copps much faster than at any other time. If he does not run off and inevitably comes into contact with Max, he will not open the corner.

Presumably, this will be made public, and if Red Bull thinks they have “new evidence,” they are likely to appeal to the FIA ​​on the extent of their fault and leniency against Hamilton.

Observing Lewis for decades, it is clear that he is not a fundamentally dirty driver, although of course, he has recently had several skirmishes with Red Bull’s Alex Albon.

Max is very aggressive and we love him for that reason, but Lewis decides that he wants to fight against this aggression. This incident is only a matter of time.

Unfortunately, it happened at Cape Copse, one of the fastest corners in the world. For decades, we have seen many key overtakings here, which always require courage, skill and some risks. But just like on some of the scariest corners such as Spa’s Eau Rouge and Suzuka’s old 130R, overtaking did not cross the line, because Hamilton cleverly showed that he took the lead from Leclerc at the same spot after 50 laps. Advantage. This is such a race.

Mercedes-Benz believes that, based on the agreement with the driving violation, and a simple document from unknown sources proved that Lewis is sufficient to have a corner.

Toto Wolff, the head of the Mercedes team, told Sky Sports F1 about the first lap of the Silverstone circuit and Lewis Hamilton's subsequent victory

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Toto Wolff, the head of the Mercedes team, told Sky Sports F1 about the first lap events at Silverstone and Lewis Hamilton’s subsequent victory

Toto Wolff, the head of the Mercedes team, told Sky Sports F1 about the first lap events at Silverstone and Lewis Hamilton’s subsequent victory

However, the referee decided that Hamilton was “primarily” responsible for this contact and gave him a 10 second penalty on his next pit stop. This means that there may be 70/30 responsibilities, but not all.

The main reason is because they think he can pull tighter to the apex of the right hand. He can be seen completely in the middle of the track after contact, but in the process, his steering wheel will be forced to straighten at high speed.

Since 1977, I have passed the Copse thousands of times in every type of car, and you can’t see it until you enter the corner. This is a brilliant but terrifying high-speed corner.

If Hamilton did this deliberately, it would be a very high risk for both drivers. In my opinion, this is more like two great racers fighting for the world championship.

Max is not wrong, although in his own games and championship battles, considering that Hamilton will definitely be affected on this line, he could have left more room internally, and may not believe that Lewis will give in.

But this is a cool hindsight. With a 33-point championship lead and the fastest car, he may have taken too many risks after that late start, but that’s why he became a champion contender.

The four levels of in-game penalty available to butlers are to add 5 seconds to the next pit stop (or the elapsed game time if there is no further stop), 10 seconds they choose, “driving through” will take 19 seconds on the day, Or a 10-second “stop and go”, when you enter and exit the team pit lane, it will take about 32 seconds at Silverstone.

Even after we know that Max is okay, my heart is still very heavy, because I very much look forward to those two drivers who can hold 52 laps. We have an amazing champion on hand, which is as dramatic and powerful as the Senna/Prost era and other eras.

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It’s a bit uncomfortable to hear Red Bull and Mercedes team managers and team leaders try to influence the situation by lobbying the race director, but this seems to be the first communication system we aired this season. Tournament director Michael Masi pointed them to the butler very correctly, and I can imagine that this process will be modified in the future.

In all this, Leclerc drove beautifully and took the lead for most of the game until Hamilton overtook him in a few laps and recovered his 10-second free throw.

Despite some engine cutting problems, the young Monegasque’s driving was great, and it was great to see Ferrari solved the tire problem and showed good racing speed again.

I think the new Sprint format shows a lot of hope. When I saw a large number of enthusiastic fans on the track on Saturday morning, I couldn’t help but think, “We prepared a race for you today, not the car trying hard not to qualify. Close to each other when laps.”

The 17-lap racer even had some key moments ahead, and was worried that the driver would not worry about one or two grid space adventures. Unsurprisingly, the result proved to be wrong.

Of course, it won’t work on a street circuit, and we have to stop pretending that this is not a race, because it is. In addition, in order to avoid confusion, “Qualifying” should get pole position on Friday or Saturday.

It is great to see and hear the echoes of the fans, the Silverstone circuit looks so spectacular, and at the same time produces exciting high-speed action. They saw Hamilton score his 99th F1 victory and the 8th British Grand Prix in a race that will be debated for many years.

There is still a lot to say about the weekend, but I have used up 1,680 of the 1,000 words…



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