- Emotions Rise for Damon Hill after Monza Accident

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.

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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?

"I have to say, looking at the rerun of max on lewis in turn 1, there was no way he was going to make that work."

D. Hill

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Comments (11)

  • Little too far in this case, but Damon has literally been in that situation πŸ˜‚

      2 months ago
  • Personally, I find it on that grey area, cause one way or another we all know that the F1 Fan Community will be ablaze about their own opinions. This is just the usual chatter amongst a heated championship, we'll definitely hear baffling nonsense babbling from whom we expect and not expect to hear from. Not gonna lie, there are days it SUCKS to be an F1 Fan as opposed to "something" else.

      2 months ago
    • Definitely agree! These are just those flaming, heated moments in a championship that we live for! However, I simply felt it was a tad too-far from Damon. On the other hand, his perspective could have just been communicated in the wrong way....

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        2 months ago
    • Well, not to take credit away from the World Champion of 1996, but sometimes its better off letting it go and not to fuel a fire. Even if he's very involved in the media side of F1 nowadays, honestly it's why I like Jenson Button cause even if he's...

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        2 months ago
  • I think Hills allegations are a bit out of hand, Lewis and Max both could be put to blame for the accident though I think it was a racing incident. Hills comment about Mercedes winning was a bit ridiculous if you ask me, anything can really happen on race day as we’ve seen countless times. Just cause you do well during practice and sometimes even qualifying doesn’t necessary mean your going to win the next day. Do you have better chance, yes. I was really glad to see mlcaren come home with one two win.

      2 months ago
  • You are a Die-Hard Max Defender, and a Lewis Hater. Plenty of previous entitled thugs like Max have deliberately caused crashes.

      2 months ago
  • Damon Hill is paid to give us his opinion.

    He's a professional.

    I'm certain he can handle any critique.

    The important thing is to maintain a collegial discussion.

      2 months ago