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Unseen footage reveals intriguing Hamilton/Leclerc exchange

Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton had a wheel-to-wheel battle at Silverstone, bringing back memories of the Briton's clash with Max Verstappen in 2021.

New video footage has revealed an exchange between Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc as the pair reflected on their scrap at the British Grand Prix. Following a late Safety Car, Leclerc - on old Hard tyres - had to defend against several Soft-shod rivals, leading to a particularly close fight with Hamilton. In response to an initial Hamilton move, Leclerc completed a bold pass around the outside of Copse – the two going side-by-side throughout. This marked the same spot where Hamilton and Max Verstappen dramatically collided in 2021, which resulted in a 10-second penalty for the Briton.

Hamilton and Verstappen take digs in the media

After his battle with Leclerc, Hamilton described the Monegasque's driving as "sensible" and "a lot different" to what he experienced 12 months ago. This led to Verstappen offering a dig of his own in response, as he pointed out where he felt the two moves differed. "I think it's great that, when you're 37 years old, at some point you understand how to get to an apex," said the Dutchman. "He does learn, so that's positive for the younger drivers: when you're 37 you still are always learning!"

Hamilton and Leclerc chat about their battle

Now, in a behind-the-scenes video released by Ferrari of their Austrian GP weekend, Leclerc and Hamilton can be seen and heard looking back on the scrap. Catching up in the media pen, Hamilton told Leclerc that he feared a collision at the high-speed corner. "I was like, 'F**k, I don't want to clip you and send you off'," Hamilton is heard saying in the video. Despite the scare, contact was avoided and Hamilton found a way past Leclerc a few corners later en route to the podium. Check out Ferrari's video below, with the Hamilton/Leclerc exchange occurring at 2:09.


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