Damon Hill spoke to Motorsport.com about the situation between Hamilton and Verstappen at the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix. And for the British driver, it was a “lack of self-control” that was highlighted by the fight.
The criticism is apparently directed at Max Verstappen alone, although the words in question leave room for doubt.
“It makes [the title race] exciting. It’s exciting and it’s fascinating.” says Hill,
“I just think it’s a shame in our sport that it inevitably gets out of hand with these accidents. I don’t think it’s a display of talent. I think it’s a lack of self-control. It was avoidable.
“Whether it was an error of judgement or a deliberate unwillingness to give in remains to be seen. They both show toughness, but I think you have to have at least one wheel in front to try to do the outside to someone, and Max was never in that position.”
“Once you do that, you’re out of control. He [Max] had the option to get on the run-off earlier, I think, to avoid contact and try again somewhere else, but he didn’t do that. Maybe he knew that if Lewis got in front, he was done for. The consequences are pretty terrible, and fortunately, Lewis is unharmed.
“I saw a photo of his head being crushed by the tyre, and if Max had released the clutch with his head against the tyre, it could have been extremely serious. But this is beyond Max’s control.”