It’s been an an enthralling battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton this season, but one former F1 driver thinks there could have been ugly scenes in Italy had their collision taken place before 2021
Former F1 driver Timo Glock believes things would have got violent had the crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at Monza happened two years ago.
Verstappen and Hamilton are currently going toe to toe in an enthralling title race, with the Dutch driver leading the seven-time world champion by just six points ahead of the American Grand Prix in Austin this weekend.
Their battle however, has not been without its flash points.
At the British Grand Prix in July, Hamilton was deemed responsible for a collision between the pair which not only ended Red Bull man’s race, but left him needing hospital checks for concussion.
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Despite a 10-second penalty, Mercedes driver Hamilton further angered the 24-year-old by proceeding to win the race and celebrating elaborately.
In Monza last month however, the tables were turned after another collision forced both drivers off the track, and it was Verstappen penalised by officials with a three-place grid penalty for the following Grand Prix in Russia.
After the incident Hamilton, 36, said he felt “lucky to be alive” after his halo saved his head from colliding with Verstappen’s car.
The pair disagreed over who was at fault but Glock, 39, thinks the aftermath was a reflection of how much Verstappen has matured.
“For me, he has made a huge leap, he has become much more relaxed, much more controlled in many ways,” the German said.
“Two years ago, in a situation like the crash in Monza, he probably would have opened Lewis’ helmet and punched him.
“Now he leaves him on the left and thinks to himself: ‘See how you get out of this’.”
Glock, 39, drove for four different teams in F1 and added that Verstappen was learning from the British driver, who he praised for always appearing composed.
“He (Lewis) knows very well how to come across as calm. Of course, he also knows that when he puts on his helmet, it all depends,” he continued.
“But he has found a way to appear relaxed and cool. Max has also managed that well so far.”
There are still six races of the 2021 campaign to go, with the American Grand Prix followed by rounds in Mexico, Brazil, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.