Hamilton has no hard feelings for Verstappen collision after incredible win

26-05-2019 16:09
by Nicolás Quarles van Ufford
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Hamilton has no hard feelings for Verstappen collision after incredible win

After an incredible win in Monaco, in which he had to defend from the charging Max Verstappen for the bulk of the race, Lewis Hamilton has no hard feelings for the Dutchman when he sent one down the inside of the reigning champion, causing a light collision.

Hamilton started the race in pole position and drove away from the pack, until after his pitstop, when the Brit went for mediums while Verstappen, who had forced his way into P2, was on the harder compound.

Verstappen was sizing up Hamilton for the bigger part of the race but never found a way through. Late in the race, though, he sent his RB15 down the inside of Hamilton at the end of the tunnel. The 34-year-old shut the door, though, and the two inevitably touched. No damage was done to either car, but it was the end of Verstappen's quest for P1.

"It was close," Hamilton reflected on the incident.

"A bit of a late dive, luckily I saw him last minute, but his front wing was alongside my rear wheels so he wasn't really pulling past.

"It was a light touch and we moved on."

Hamilton has now extended his championship lead, with teammate Valtteri Bottas finishing in third, the first time this season Mercedes have failed to finish one-two.

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