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Hill: Is Max Verstappen tripping over himself to win?

Damon Hill has pondered whether Red Bull are simply making too many mistakes or whether Max Verstappen is pushing too hard to win, ahead of this weekend's race in Monaco.

1996 F1 World Champion Damon Hill has questioned whether Red Bull are making too many errors at this early stage in the championship, and reckons that a collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will happen eventually. Hill, speaking on the F1 Nation podcast with Tom Clarkson, spoke about the championship situation as F1 moves on to Monaco this weekend where the scene is set for another Mercedes vs. Red Bull fight. "This championship now looks like Lewis is stretching his legs a little bit, isn't he?" Hill said. "Moving away slightly. Are Red Bull screwing it up with mistakes, is Max tripping over himself to win? "These are the questions we don't know the answers to." Referring to the Spanish and Emilia Romagna races, where Verstappen bullied his way past Hamilton at the first turns during both races, Hill compared the situation to surfing and that Verstappen is trying to barge in on Hamilton's wave. "He took priority from Lewis basically on the first corner. So will we see the same? You know, I think we're gonna see some wipeouts definitely." Verstappen is yet to finish on the podium in Monaco, but finished second on the road last time out in 2019. The Dutch driver has looked blisteringly quick at the venue in the past, but circumstances and mistakes have constantly ruled him out of contention for the victory. Clarkson pointed out to Hill that the third sector in Barcelona, the tightest and most twisty section, was a Mercedes stranglehold two weeks ago. "Mercedes were blisteringly quick through Sector Three," Clarkson said. "So I think that bodes well for them for Monaco. They were quicker than than Red Bull through that final sector." But Hill wouldn't change his mind, re-iterating his stance that the favourites tag can't be applied to Mercedes just yet. "I think Monaco is not always a circuit that suits Mercedes," he said. "I'm not sure Monaco is a circuit the suits Mercedes more than the Red Bull."

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