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Italian Grand Prix 2021

Verstappen or Hamilton: F1 fans have their say over who was to blame

Another controversial clash between title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton stole the headlines at the Italian Grand Prix. F1 fans have had their say on who they feel was to blame in the latest RacingNews365.com poll.

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Opinions have been coming thick and fast since Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton clashed for the second time this season at the Italian Grand Prix.

The title rivals were unexpectedly battling for the same piece of tarmac at Monza after a pair of slow pit-stops. Verstappen lost more than 10 seconds due to a botched stop that has been put down to human error, while Hamilton was also slightly delayed.

As Hamilton came out of the pits, Verstappen used his momentum to draw alongside and attempt a move into the first chicane. Verstappen hung on around the outside of the right-hander, before the pair made contact at the apex of the left-hander.

Verstappen struck the sausage kerb and was sent flying, his Red Bull dramatically getting launched over the Mercedes. Both drivers came to a halt in the gravel trap, with the Red Bull sitting atop the Mercedes.

An investigation by the stewards determined that Verstappen was predominantly to blame, landing him a three-place grid drop for the Russian Grand Prix, along with two penalty points on his Super Licence.

After the incident, RacingNews365.com opened up a poll for readers to get their views on who was at fault, with thousands of votes cast.

At the time of publication, 50 percent of voters feel that Verstappen was to blame, compared to 19 percent for Hamilton. The remaining share of the votes, 31 percent, put it down as a racing incident.

A range of F1 experts have also had their say, with the incident promising to remain a hot topic over the coming week, prior to the paddock reconvening for the Russian GP at Sochi.

It's time for the latest episode of our new Formula 1 podcast, with F1 journalists Dieter Rencken, Thomas Maher and Mike Seymour discussing the fallout from a dramatic Italian Grand Prix weekend.

RN365 News dossier F1 2021 Italian Grand Prix

The latest news about the Italian Grand Prix straight from Monza.

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