Sainz on the Verstappen-Hamilton crash: “There’s gonna be some talk in the next drivers’ meeting”

The crash between Hamilton and Verstappen at Monza created some debate inside the Circus. Spanish drivers Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso discussed the accident and their opinion on it to

The contact at turn 3 between Hamilton and Verstappen left many shocked for the scary impact one car had against the other. Both drivers luckily got out okay but according to Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz, more cautiousness could’ve prevented the crash: “An accident is always avoidable. I think two don’t crash if one doesn’t want to.”

Sainz then went on to discuss how accidents between championship’s contenders are easily predictable: “They are always fighting as tough as they have to fight for the championship, you are more exposed to these kind of incidents, like we’ve seen in the past, and it’s, I guess, a natural thing in Formula 1 [that] two guys that are fighting for a championship tend to collide more often than not, no?”

However, the Spaniard avoided sharing his in-depth opinion as he believes it’s time for drivers to discuss the accident between themselves: “And from my point of view, the accident is pretty clear. I think, I’m not gonna go into detail. I’m not gonna give you my opinion. Because I feel like there’s gonna be some talk in the next drivers’ meeting and we need to argue it between all of us.”

In the Alpine garage, Fernando Alonso shared his view, considering the crash’s causes simply unlucky: “They are there, both champions, and they are always fighting to the limit and today… seems an unfortunate position and corner and kerb, the car jumps a little bit, and then they touch tyre with tyre, and the rubber makes a car fly”.

The Asturian believes the accident to be a racing incident: “But it’s low speed, you know, they are at 30 or 40km/h, there is no danger, there is no nothing. So I don’t think that was a big thing. Silverstone probably yes, but today it was just a racing incident.”

Regarding the in-depth analysis, Alonso admitted how the maneuver is typical of the circuit and was done before during the Grand Prix: “I saw the replay of the start as well, and Giovinazzi and Leclerc, they touched in the same way. Stroll and Perez, they touched at the start in the same way [in] Turn 1 and 2. But they didn’t touch wheel to wheel, so it’s not the same outcome. But this is a very typical manoeuvre [in] Turn 1, Turn 2, and they were unlucky [that] they touched tyre with tyre.”

Overall, Alonso believes both drivers acted as they should have: “I think Lewis tried to run wide in Turn 1 to maybe force Max to cut the corner. Max doesn’t cut the corner, stays on the outside, but then there is no corner possible to make on the inside for Turn 2. They both did what they should do, you know, and unfortunately, they touched each other.”

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