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Formula 1 history: when title rivals collide

In the World Cup duel between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, things are getting tougher. For the second time after the British GP, the two collided in Monza. Verstappen was identified as the main culprit by the race stewards and has to drop three places on the grid at the Russian GP.
Was it the revenge for Silverstone? Hamilton shot down Verstappen there, causing the Red Bull star to crash into the barrier with over 30g.

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One thing is certain: it wouldn’t be the first time in Formula 1 history. Ayrton Senna took revenge on Alain Prost at the Japanese GP in 1990 for the crash of the two at the same place a year earlier. “But that’s a huge difference from back then,” says Red Bull Motorsport Director Dr. Helmut Marko. “It was on purpose then, not today.”

Schumacher’s World Cup collisions

Collisions among World Cup rivals are legendary. Because they are actually rare. Michael Schumacher and Mika Häkkinen never crashed into each other after a collision in Macau (Formula 3) in Formula 1.

Schumacher and Hill collided at Silverstone in 1995

That was of course different with Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve. Schumacher collided with Hill in Adelaide in 1994 and Silverstone in 1995. In Adelaide it was clear Schumacher’s mistake: after touching the gang, his Benetton-Ford was struck. The only chance to win the World Cup duel was the collision with Hill. When the Briton started to maneuver, Schumacher closed the door. “I just had to wait for the next corner,” Hill also criticizes himself. The crash a year later at Silverstone 1995 was on his head – he simply drove Schumi into the back of the car, just like in Monza 1995.

The collision between Schumacher and Villeneuve in Jerez in 1997 was punished more severely than ever before a crash before or after: Schumacher was stripped of the runner-up title. Curious: Until then, the two never got in each other’s way, had not a single duel on the track, and never stood on the podium together.

Hamilton has had nine World Cup collisions since 2008

The World Cup duels have become tougher in recent years. The increasing safety of Formula 1 cars and racetracks means that pilots are taking more risks. Lewis Hamilton has collided with his World Cup rivals nine times.

In Fuji 2008, he couldn’t help it. Ferrari driver Felipe Massa shot him down. The Brazilian also received a drive-through penalty for this.

In the hybrid era, the accidents with his teammate Nico Rosberg sparked discussion. In Spa 2014 it crashed for the first time between the two, Hamilton closed the door in Spa, so Rosberg slit open his rear tire. The question of guilt was not entirely clear, but the team whistled Rosberg back. The German was then a tamed lion in the World Cup fight, which only extended its claws again in 2016.

In Spain 2016, the two Silver Arrows shot each other in round one.

In 2016 it crashed twice. In Spain 2016, the two Silver Arrows shot each other in round one. Leading Rosberg defended himself against Hamilton, pushing him to the right of the track, where Hamilton lost control and shot down his duelist. In Spielberg, Rosberg Hamilton drove into the car when the car was about to overtake. He suffered the damage himself because his front wing broke in the process.

Hamilton also clashed with Vettel three times. At the Baku GP 2017, the German felt compelled to brake behind the safety car by the British and complained about a deliberate ramming. In Mexico, the two collided at the start. Likewise in Monza 2018, when Vettel turned as a result of the contact. Both times, however, there was no penalty, both could always continue.

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The fact that Hamilton has already collided with his World Cup rival nine times does not show that he is too aggressive. Rather from the fact that he has fought for the title quite often. With everything included…

Hamilton collisions with World Cup rivals

2008 Japanese GP with Felipe Massa
Belgium GP 2014 with Nico Rosberg
Spain GP 2016 with Nico Rosberg
Austrian GP 2016 with Nico Rosberg
Azerbaijan GP 2017 with Sebastian Vettel
Mexico GP 2017 with Sebastian Vettel
Italian GP 2018 with Sebastian Vettel
Great Britain GP 2021 with Max Verstappen
Italian GP 2021 with Max Verstappen

Formula 1 on TV

Formula 1 will run at Sky in 2021. The station is setting up its own TV station for the new era: Sky Formula 1. Here there is motorsport 24 hours a day. All training sessions, all qualifying sessions, all races always live and without commercial breaks. Sky also broadcasts the Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup races. The program also includes historical races and special programs. You can find more information here

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