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Lewis Hamilton

Hill concerned by risk of Hamilton and Verstappen clash at Spa

Title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have already proven that they're not afraid to race wheel-to-wheel, something that resulted in a collision at Silverstone. Damon Hill is wary of the level of risk involved should this happen again at the Belgian Grand Prix.

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Damon Hill admits that the prospect of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen tangling again at the Belgian Grand Prix is a concern given the high-speed nature of the Spa-Francorchamps track.

The title rivals proved at Silverstone that they were not afraid to race wheel-to-wheel, an incident that unfortunately resulted in a first-lap collision and caused Verstappen to crash out heavily.

With the battle set to continue at the legendary Spa circuit, Hill has questioned whether F1 Race Director Michael Masi may have to warn the drivers to be even more cautious, particularly given the occurrence of accidents at Eau Rouge in recent times.

"It's another fast circuit like Silverstone," Hill told the F1 Nation podcast. "They've already shown they're not afraid to tangle at high speed, but Spa's a whole other level of risk. It is a concern.

"I think if I was Michael Masi, and I'd be in the drivers' briefing for the weekend, I would be saying, 'Listen guys, respect this place. It's one of the fastest tracks we go to, we do not want to have any nasty episodes'.

"Of course, we have had some nasty episodes not so long ago, in the F2 races. There is an extra risk, especially if it's wet. They've had plenty of issues recently with the rain, but wet races at Spa are not for the faint-hearted."

Podcast host and Formula 1 journalist Tom Clarkson questioned whether the high-risk nature of the track could lead Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner to remind Verstappen to aim for a clean weekend, given that the Dutchman is now eight points behind Hamilton in the World Championship.

"If you're Christian Horner, I think you need to sit down with Max Verstappen and say, 'We really need a clean weekend,'" Clarkson said.

"Because he's been involved in Lap 1 crashes at the last two races. He's lost a massive chunk of points, and second place at Spa behind Lewis Hamilton is a great result."

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