- Lewis Hamilton reveals he reached out to Max Verstappen after crash in July
- The pair collided at 180mph at Copse Corner on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix
- Bitter F1 title rival crashes at Italian Grand Prix just two months later
- The wheel of Verstappen’s Red Bull car lands on Hamilton’s head on lap 26 at Monza
Lewis Hamilton has revealed he spoke to rival Max Verstappen on the phone after a crash at the British Grand Prix earlier this year.
The Mercedes and Red Bull drivers have been locked in a fierce battle this season as they both claim the world title.
On the opening lap of the Silverstone race in July, the pair collided at 180mph at Cops Corner, and Britt opened up on the incident to reveal that he had reached Verstappen.
Lewis Hamilton (L) has revealed he called rival Max Verstappen (R) after the Silverstone collision
The British Grand Prix got off to an explosive start when Hamilton and Verstappen crashed
Hamilton and Verstappen collided at 180mph on the opening lap at the British Grand Prix in July
‘I called him after Silverstone, but, again, I don’t mean to be a mentor, but I’m huge. I’m huge and it was important for me to be able to call and break the ice,’ he added ESPN.
‘I think he is a tremendous talent and I am enjoying racing with him. Do I agree with everything about him? that does not matter.
‘What matters is that he does it and he will learn, and all I can control is what I do and how I handle things.’
Verstappen hit the tire barrier at 51G and was completely cleared after spending six hours in a hospital in Coventry.
Seven-time world champion Hamilton received a 10-second penalty after being judged ‘primarily at fault’ for the crash, but he recovered to win in front of 140,000 fans.
The crash at Silverstone sparked a controversy when Verstappen tweeted from the hospital that his opponent was ‘disrespectful’ and a ‘non-player’.
Bitter title rivals crashed two months later at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza
Hamilton was saved from serious injury by the protective halo device on his Mercedes
Verstappen’s Red Bull rear end comes within inches of Hamilton’s head after collision
Verstappen’s Red Bull flew over Hamilton’s Mercedes after they were jostled for position
Exactly two months later and the pair were involved in a horrific accident at the Italian Grand Prix.
The drivers collided at Monza on lap 26, with the wheel of a Red Bull car landing on Hamilton’s head.
The Briton was almost certainly saved from serious injury by the Halo safety device, a titanium bar placed over the driver’s head that has been mandatory in Formula One since 2018.
In an increasingly heated world championship duel with both drivers accusing the other of being wrong after the race, Hamilton said Verstappen ‘knew what was going to happen, but he did it nonetheless.’
Hamilton has also admitted that he has to be careful with the Dutchman in ‘certain scenarios’ to avoid accidents in the future.
“I had to back out of some scenarios with Max because otherwise we’re going to crash, and I’m like, ‘I’ll beat him the other way around,'” he said.
‘I think, ‘If I can avoid this corner, I’ll challenge him and fight the other way around, stay close, use tactics and all these different things.’
Hamilton is currently two points ahead of bitter rival Verstappen with this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix.