Carlos Sainz reveals ‘it’s pretty clear’ who was to blame for Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s horror F1 crash


CARLOS SAINZ has instructed it’s ‘pretty clear’ who was at fault for Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s horrific crash on the Italian Grand Prix.

Verstappen’s Red Bull car landed on extreme of Hamilton’s Mercedes in a vastly controversial crash after the 2 collided going into flip one at Monza, placing each drivers out of the race.

Hamilton was saved by the halo on extreme of his car, which is designed to defend drivers from such incidentsCredit: AP
Sainz claims it is 'clear' who was to blame for the crash, calling it 'avoidable'
Sainz claims it’s ‘clear’ who was to blame for the crash, calling it ‘avoidable’Credit: AP

Speaking concerning the incident after the race, Sainz acknowledged: “From my standpoint, the accident is pretty clear.

“I’m not going to go into facet, I’m not going to offer you my opinion due to I truly actually really feel like there’s going to be some deal with [about it] inside the following driver assembly.

“I actually really feel it’s all the time avoidable. I actually really feel two don’t crash if one doesn’t need [to].

“They are stopping for a championship. You’re additional uncovered to these kind of incidents [in that scenario], like we’ve seen prior to now.

“I guess it’s a natural thing in Formula 1, two guys that are fighting for the championship tend to collide more often than not.”

Hamilton, 36, claimed that the nook was clearly his and his opponent shouldn’t have challenged for it, whereas Verstappen, 23, insisted that Hamilton ran him off the highway.


The seven-time world champion had merely pitted and was returning to the monitor forward of Verstappen, who tried to meet up with him, solely to run out of monitor and crash into the sausage kerb.

This despatched the Dutchman’s car up into the air and he landed on extreme of Hamilton, as the 2 cars skidded off the monitor.

Both ended up contained in the gravel and one among Verstappen’s tyres narrowly missed Hamilton’s head thanks to the halo which protects drivers from such incidents.

The halo was launched as soon as extra in 2018 and is an added security attribute now included on all F1 cars, exhibiting as titanium ring of safety all through the driving drive’s cockpit.

Hamilton narrowly prevented a doubtlessly life-threatening harm and as shortly as a result of the incident was investigated afterwards stewards, Verstappen was discovered to be at fault for the crash.


Verstappen was penalised for the incident by receiving a three-place grid penalty for the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi subsequent weekend.

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner acknowledged he believed the crash was the outcomes of a racing incident, however went on to say that Red Bull wouldn’t enchantment the stewards’ verdict.

“We are disillusioned with the three place grid penalty, however settle for the stewards dedication,” he acknowledged.

“We felt what happened between Max and Lewis was a genuine racing incident.

“You can argue for both sides but ultimately it’s frustrating and disappointing to see both cars out of the race in what is proving to be an exciting championship.”

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Despite this, the Red Bull driver nonetheless has the revenue contained in the championship leaderboard with 226.5 components, whereas Hamilton stays in shut second on 221.5 components.

This was the second time the 2 championship rivals collided this season after one totally different controversial incident in the midst of the British Grand Prix put Verstappen out of the race and gave Hamilton a vital win.

The rivalry between the 2 is principally hotting up with merely eight races to go and this dramatic championship run-in will certainly have additional twists and turns ahead of its conclusion in Abu Dhabi in December.

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