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Lewis Hamilton

Hill: Hamilton and Verstappen need to cool it a bit

Discussion continues over the first-lap incident between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix. Reflecting on what happened, Damon Hill believes that both drivers need to calm their aggression down.

Hamilton Verstappen start 2021 Silverstone
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Damon Hill believes that Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen both need to take a less aggressive approach following their controversial clash at the British Grand Prix.

Verstappen crashed out heavily after making contact with Hamilton during the first lap of the race, whilst Hamilton was given a 10-second penalty for his part in the incident but was still able to win the Grand Prix. Hill thinks that tensions had boiled over from Saturday's Sprint Qualifying event - won by Verstappen - but that the risk involved in what happened means they have to calm down a bit going forwards.

"I think they need to cool it a bit," Hill told the F1 Nation podcast. "I think they were both going at it scarily aggressively in that first race, and I think it was a product of the previous race.

"In other words, the sprint on the Saturday gave indication/forward knowledge to Mercedes that if Max got out in front, we wouldn't see him for dust, and I think they knew they had to get ahead.

"I think that shows a combination of factors which might have made Lewis a little bit more desperate and aggresive, and Max as well, because that opening half a lap was possibly the most exciting and daring and also slightly risky opening lap I've seen in I don't know how long.

"It was breathtaking, on the edge, and everybody I think watching had heart in mouth and they kind of expected something to happen, and it did.

"You see the replays and you see on social media that people in the crowd have got footage of Max flying towards them in the grandstands, and that car was moving really fast. Max did take a hell of a whack.

"So all a bit risky, really. I think we were lucky in many ways that we didn't have an injury."

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