- Daniel Ricciardo has defended Max Verstappen’s actions after his Monza crash
- Italian GP. Verstappen’s car ran over Lewis Hamilton after colliding in
- The Dutchman is seen turning his back on Hamilton and walking back to the paddock
- Hamilton suffered a neck injury as a result but survived the ‘halo’ of the car
- Ricciardo believes Verstappen didn’t realize Hamilton was injured
Daniel Ricciardo has jumped to Max Verstappen’s defense after the Dutchman was accused of failing to check on Lewis Hamilton after his crash at the Italian Grand Prix.
Title rivals Verstappen and Hamilton collided for the second time this season when Verstappen’s Red Bull vehicle launched from the curb and landed on top of Hamilton’s Mercedes, leaving the world champion only a protective halo device with serious injuries.
Verstappen drew criticism after walking away from the incident, while Hamilton was left in his Mercedes cockpit. Hamilton would confirm after the race that he suffered a neck injury as a result of the accident.
Daniel Ricciardo defends Max Verstappen’s actions after Lewis Hamilton crash
The Dutchman was accused of failing to investigate Hamilton after his spectacular crash
The crash at Monza came months after the pair collided at the British Grand Prix, with Hamilton winning the race and celebrating his victory while Verstappen recovers in hospital.
However, with tensions rising between the two, Ricciardo is set to give his former Red Bull teammate Verstappen the benefit of the doubt, and believes he would have checked on Hamilton if he had known Britain. got hurt.
“It’s going to be diplomatic, I would say to all of us drivers, of course we have a rivalry, and of course we don’t all get the best,” Ricciardo, who went on to win the Italian Grand Prix, explained on sorry my take podcast.
Verstappen’s car hit Hamilton after the two collided at the Italian Grand Pix this month
‘But if we had an accident and we knew the man was injured, 100 percent, heartily, I believe we would all go and try and help. If we knew it was something serious, we wouldn’t have just turned our backs.
‘I know Max, I was a team-mate with him for a few years and that’s him – he’s a competitor, he’ll leave it on the track and that’s it.
‘I think he probably still had a little frustration or anger or emotion from Silverstone, so that was probably why he was like “this stuff, I’m just going to walk”.
‘Things like Lewis were trying to reverse and get out. I’m probably already too involved, maybe Max saw her and she’s like “Okay, Louise is fine”.
Verstappen was handed a three-place grid penalty due to a collision for this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix, with the Dutchman currently leading Hamilton by five points in the 2021 Drivers’ Championship.
Ricciardo believes Verstappen would have checked on Hamilton if he had known he was injured
A few days after the race, Hamilton was accused of ‘dramatizing’ his injury, explaining how the seven-time world champion flew to New York for the Met Gala the next day.
Hamilton has since revealed that he needs to see a specialist before the Russian GP as his neck is getting ‘stiffer and tighter’.
Schumacher, however, believes Hamilton has exaggerated the seriousness of the accident.
They told game1: ‘I think Lewis was pretending too much about it, given that he went to New York the next day to attend an event.’
Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko also believes Hamilton and his Mercedes team tried to ‘put on show’ after the incident.
Helmut Marko and Ralf Schumacher both believe Hamilton has overreacted after Monza
Marco said Osterreich newspaper: ‘It was a normal racing accident. All the stories around it were pulled by the hair by Mercedes.
‘Verstappen was already out when Hamilton tried to go back to get out of the gravel.
The medical car saw this and moved on. And then a show is shown where poor Hamilton is suddenly injured.