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Why Ricciardo and Alonso are examples for overtaking in F1

Damon Hill doesn't want to see the 2021 F1 World Championship decided by accidents. The former driver turned pundit believes that while brave moves and fine margins go hand in hand, Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso regularly perform overtakes without incident.

While collisions are part of being an F1 driver, Damon Hill doesn't think crashing into others is something that should be accepted as the norm, citing Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso as two drivers who complete bold overtakes without issues. Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton both retired from the Italian Grand Prix after colliding for the second time this season. In the end, Verstappen was handed a three-place grid penalty for his role in the incident, though opinions regarding the matter have been mixed. When asked if he believes Sunday's collision at Monza was a racing incident, 1996 World Champion Hill pointed out that it's the job of a driver not to crash into another car when trying to make a pass stick. Hill also stated that drivers like Ricciardo and Alonso manage to regularly make moves without coming together with their rivals. "It's a racing driver's job to try and not crash into another racing driver," said Hill on the latest F1 Nation podcast. "Sometimes it's unavoidable, sometimes you aquaplane, but when it's an aggressive, uncompromising move, then somebody has to come in and go, 'Okay, that's going too far.' "If that's just allowed to take place and nothing is said, then just run them off the road. I can play that game if that's a racing driver, it's easy. You just brake test people, you just barge them off. "But this is F1, it's supposed to be about judgement and skill and making fine calls. "That's not how we want to see the Championship decided. We want people to overtake, we want brave moves. Ricciardo and Alonso are some of the best overtakers in the sport and they don't crash into people." Alonso, who finished the Italian GP in eighth position, had his own say on the incident between Hamilton and Verstappen, viewing their coming together at Silverstone as a bigger deal than the one at Monza .

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