F1: Can Lewis Hamilton do it again?
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Former Formula One driver and Audi Formula E team principal Allan McNish believes Sunday’s British Grand Prix crash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will be ‘forgotten’ by the Dutchman, as he looks to pull his focus back to the championship battle.
The two title protagonists crashed on the opening lap of the Grand Prix as the duo battled hard for the lead of the race.
The two tangled, with Verstappen, speared off into the tyre barrier after contact with Hamilton at Turn Nine.
The Red Bull driver was able to extract himself from the car and walk away, however appeared visibly winded after the 180mph shunt, and was transferred for further checks at a local hospital, before being discharged later that evening with no major injuries.
With Verstappen out of the race, Hamilton was handed a ten-second time penalty for his part in the incident but performed a stunning comeback to win the race outright, in front of 140,000 F1 fans at Silverstone.
The crash has caused much controversy since, with Red Bull boss Christian Horner labelling Hamilton a “dirty driver” and their chief advisor Helmut Marko calling for a race ban.
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The seven-time world champion was also subjected to racist abuse online after the incident, which has been condemned throughout the paddock including from Red Bull.
Yet despite the fallout, McNish believes all will be forgotten come Round 11 in Hungary.
“I can say from a driver’s point of view, Max will go home and will be forgotten about,” said McNish, speaking exclusively to Express Sport at Formula E’s London E-Prix.
“There’s nothing you can do about changing the past, and okay at a 51G impact, but he’ll bounce back, it won’t shake him in any way.
“We’ve seen him have incidents in the past and he’s sort of rubbed it off, he’s just stepped out of a shower and on he goes again.
“Lewis will be targeting the fact he’s in the championship again, so I don’t know if, from their point of view, they will change.
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“I think it’s more the ecosystem outside of it that has got to probably deal with it better than the drivers themselves.
“The drivers are the two people who know exactly where they were, because they were the only two directly understanding what was going on at the time.
“Everyone else is surmising a bit, and the further out you go, the more it’s just a bit of guesswork.
“I would suspect when we get to the next race, I don’t think they will be sitting down and having a nice lunch together on Thursday afternoon, but I think there’s clear hard respect between the two.
“But there’s also clear knowledge one of them are going to win the championship.
“Max is clearly a driver that takes no prisoners, he is also a driver that has amazing skill and mental strength to deliver, and I’m very sure will be a world champion one day.
“At the same time Lewis has delivered seven of the devils already, and he’s looking for number eight, and that’s mouth-watering on its own.
“Then thinking they’re in different teams, that makes it better.
“When they’re in the same team, there’s an element of control overview, but there’s no way you can control someone from a different team.
“Therefore it’s a really tantalising battle of the newcomer with the team that needs to bounce back with Max Verstappen and Mercedes trying to hold on to the crown that they’ve dominated and held on for so long.
“Lewis with the young pretender of Max biting at his heels, I think it’s a brilliant storyline.
“If it was Hollywood it would be absolutely perfect, but it’s not it’s reality, and they’re out swinging. These are the
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