The 2021 Formula 1 season is turning into a spectacular rustic duel between Max Verstappen And Lewis Hamilton. The two contenders for the world title in Monza were the protagonists of their second accident of the season, to which must be added a series of contacts that took place in other races which fortunately did not lead to extreme consequences. If at Silverstone, however, it was the Red Bull standard bearer who had the worst, in the Italian GP both rivals ended their Sunday with the car beached in the sand. Those who know well the sensations experienced in an ‘extreme’ butt like the one the world is witnessing is certainly Jacques Villeneuve.
The Canadian, world champion in 1997, became the protagonist of a fierce rivalry with Michael Schumacher, which ended with the infamous accident in Jerez, which gave him the title and Schumacher perhaps the most bitter disappointment of his career. The former Williams, interviewed these days by Corriere della Sera, has once again shown that he has clear ideas: the real problem, according to him, is the ‘mania’ of the commissioners to penalize someone. In England it was Hamilton, now it’s Verstappen’s turn. “In Monza they ‘played’ in two – Villeneuve’s thought – Max was aggressive: he could cut the chicane but then he would have to give up the position. Lewis could have left 10 cm more but he wanted to stay in front. It seemed like a process of intentions. You cannot punish someone by thinking that he did it on purpose when contact begins meters before the maneuver becomes intentional“.
“Max wanted to throw Lewis out? No – added Villeneuve, distancing himself from the thought expressed by the former teammate, Damon Hill – they gave him the sanction because the Red Bull wheel ended up over Hamilton’s head. For the consequences of the action. They said you shouldn’t judge by the consequences, but they did. Hamilton’s at Silverstone was also an involuntary maneuver. It was a mistake, and it bothers me that mistakes are punished. These two can’t stay on the edge. Lewis doesn’t usually make these mistakes, it just happens to him with Max“.
The Canadian’s fear is that this excessive taxation of stewards could end up ‘inhibiting’ the fight: “Verstappen is always very aggressive, with Hamilton even more so. If you put them together in the same corner they exaggerate, but these moments are part of F1. If every time a penalty is triggered there will be no more race because no one will try to overtake “. Even on the forecast, Gilles’ son has no doubts: “Verstappen is superiorand, he made no real mistakes. He always went on the attack. Instead Lewis showed weaknesses. And also the Mercedes, more than the Red Bull “.
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