Damon Hill's Outrageous Allegations Against Verstappen
After the oh-so talked about collision at Monza, British F1 World Champion Damon Hill has laid out some embarrassingly tin-hat worthy claims.
As the championship fight continues to boil over between the Dutch Lion of Max Verstappen, and the Knowledgeable Beast of Lewis Hamilton; contact was absolutely bound to happen. But in a situation so remarkably unfortunate, emotions swept the paddock like a wildfire; and perhaps some pundits were caught-out in their true colours... foreshadowing? What's that?
Let's first state that the contact in Monza was beyond unlucky. The early race gap that Verstappen had formed on Hamilton was more than plenty to keep these two apart for long enough; add a sizeable strategy difference in the mix, and the chances of an untimely meeting point drop even lower. But in an almost perfectly scripted manner, with a gob-smacking 11 second stop for Max, and a reasonably slow 4 second stop for Lewis, the two heated competitors HAD to meet at Turn 1 of Monza... of all places.
As the entire Formula One community watched with jaw-dropped expressions as they went into the first chicane, we all had a crippling suspicion; certainty... rather, that it wouldn't end well. Surely enough, a skip hop and a jump (in all sense of the word), had the two competitors quite literally tangled in the gravel at the exit of turn 2. Racing incident, Max's Fault - Lewis' Fault, I don't care; I beg not to argue.
Regardless of your opinion on the accident, and who's fault it was; it is always a simply outrageous comment to pin down that any driver out there would deliberately take out another in a pre-planned, thought out, purposeful move. In a sport where drivers are always dancing with the devil, a sport where we have lost countless beloved athletes; the very last thing any driver out on-track wishes to do is endanger another.
Despite this, it seems as if Damon Hill has let go of his self-control, to some extent anyway; heavily inferring that Max had hit Lewis on purpose, stating:
"He had to take evasive action - he might have been thinking 'I have to take him out'."
To seemingly water-down the severity of this statement, Hill was quick to explain he hates to think such a thing of any driver.
"Now I don't want to think that of any driver."
This, at first, was a reliever. It seemed as if he was just placing out one far-fetched statement, which is he entirely allowed to do. What raised my concern in particular was the fact this was not the end of his thoughts. Damon kept going, periodically breaking up his statements with similar buffers.
"I think it was either an error of judgement or a calculated move to collide with Lewis." - "I don't like the idea that I'm accusing anyone" - "All that vibe, and Max has come out still with his championship lead.".
These buffers proved fairly useless; as it was clear-as-day that he had made up his mind regarding the cause of the collision.
Now call me a Die-Hard Max Defender, call me a Lewis Hater; but my concern is far from the accident that actually occurred, and more so toward the professionalism of one of the sports most beloved Pundits. This sort of allegation is simply out-of-pocket, and something none of us really expected with someone with as much experience as himself.
One of the most striking comments he made in this interview brought an immense bias toward Lewis and Mercedes into the spotlight. One that many have found rather childish, especially considering the race's outcome.
(Regarding Max) "He's got a strong points advantage, and this was a race which Mercedes was supposed to win."
Supposed to win? Sure, they were quick in practice, quick in the sprint race. But does that really mean they were 'supposed' to win? Anything can happen on a Sunday. Damon, of all people, should know this. I just found this rather childish.
Enough ranting... I would love to know your opinion on this! Do you think I'm crazy? Or is Mr. Hill Poking a Bear with a stick?
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