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Max Verstappen

F1 drivers have their say on Verstappen/Hamilton clash

Formula 1 drivers have offered their thoughts on the latest clash between title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton in Brazil.

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Formula 1 arrived in Qatar amid more drama surrounding the incident between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Verstappen initially went unpunished for his stern defence against Hamilton at Interlagos, but Mercedes have sought a review after new evidence emerged in the form of previously unseen onboard camera footage from the Dutchman's car.

While the F1 paddock awaits a decision from the stewards, which will not come until Friday, RacingNews365.com has gathered the thoughts of various drivers on the clash, and whether Verstappen overstepped the mark.

Daniel Ricciardo

"Fighting for a win, and I guess the championship at this stage, you're going to try and fight for as long as you can, and do everything you can to hold on to that lead. Obviously that one took them both off, so maybe that was over the limit. Since the first year, I think he matured. But I think the last few years, his approach hasn't changed. I think that's in a way what I've always respected, that you're going to get raced hard with Max."

Fernando Alonso

"I guess an incident that is from the past race, nothing should happen now. I don't know exactly if it was too bad, but the stewards considered that it was no penalty there [in Brazil], [so] it will not be a penalty, I guess, now, and [there's] nothing more to add."

Sebastian Vettel

"They were fighting for the lead, so it's obviously a big fight, the biggest fight going on in every race, the fight for the lead. But I think [the stewards' hearing is] a bit unnecessary. I think time goes one way, so what changes? I don't think anything changes. I think Lewis drove a great race. He won, he was faster, that's it."

Kimi Raikkonen

"Obviously they both went off, they didn't touch each other, [so] there's not much to say about it. I don't think there was anything crazy. I've seen a lot worse things and I've been involved in a lot worse things. It has been written [about] a lot and something that's made worse than it actually is."

Charles Leclerc

"Whatever is allowed, then I just want it to be clear as a driver. That's the only thing that matters to me. If this is allowed, then overtaking around the outside is going to be very difficult. But yeah, whatever the situation, the decision is, I'll just adapt my driving to it; so I'm fine with both."

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