Max Verstappen blasted for braking antics against Lewis Hamilton – ‘Doesn’t give a damn’

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Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday after the Red Bull driver had been told to cede his lead to the Briton after gaining it illegally. Verstappen slowed suddenly, which resulted in Hamilton going into the back of him and damaging the front wing of his Mercedes.

The duo were fine to continue the race and Hamilton eventually went on to claim first place and go level with his nemesis at the top of this season’s F1 leaderboard.

Verstappen was slapped with a 10-second time penalty after already receiving a five-second deduction after being deemed to be at fault for the collision.

Red Bull chiefs have since denied responsibility for the incident, while Mercedes bosses have demonstrated their chagrin.

And former F1 driver turned pundit Christian Danner has blasted Verstappen for his antics.

“What I really can’t accept is the fact that Verstappen really did a brake test,” Danner said this week.

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“So he braked, didn’t just somehow drive to the side and relinquish the place – but actually braked to make a mess of it.

“There’s no way he braked, no! And what did the FIA report say? He decelerated with 2.7G and with so much brake pressure – 69 bar.

“You really have to step on the pedal to get 69 bar. And not to call that a brake test, that’s a bit like saying, ‘we’re going to carbonise the spectator now.’”

There have been suggestions that Hamilton wanted to stay behind Verstappen in order to gain DRS on the straight as the detection line was approaching.

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And Danner insists that stewards were smart enough to understand what the drivers were trying to do.

“The stewards nowadays are no longer so stupid that they are just some people who walk around in a jacket and drink champagne,” he continued.

“It didn’t escape their notice that neither driver wanted the DRS measuring point against them.

“In other words, make it so that you are the one who is at the next DRS measuring point behind Hamilton. Because then you have DRS on the next straight and you can overtake him again.

“They managed to get along with each other to the extent that they finished the race, but there is already a clear tendency: The trick box juggler is not Hamilton.”

Verstappen has blown a 32-point lead since July, with Hamilton winning the last three races.

And the duo will go toe-to-toe for glory in Abu Dhabi this weekend as the F1 season goes down to the wire.

“Everyone is now saying it has to be a fair competition,” Danner added when quizzed about the Abu Dhabi GP.

“But Verstappen doesn’t give a damn about that. And if he has to he’ll reach into his bag of tricks – the lowest drawer.”

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