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Former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer says it is “impossible” for Lewis Hamilton to race against Max Verstappen while behind in points, because Max’s mindset is “if we crash, we crash”.

 

 

Max Verstappen has employed many dubious tactics against Lewis Hamilton throughout the 2021 season. Some call it “hard racing”, but more often than not, he has been willing to risk a crash as long as he has a points advantage in the Drivers’ Championship standings.

 

 

It was especially obvious in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, where there were several situations in which Max seemed to clearly risk a crash rather than concede his position.

 

 

On BBC’s F1: Chequered Flag podcast Jolyon Palmer gave his opinion on the situation.

“From what I saw, Max is just happy to crash with Lewis and that is what every single flash-point was, bar the brake testing which is something different entirely,” Palmer said

 

 

“But every incident where they are racing wheel-to-wheel, it is Max saying ‘hey, if we crash, we crash’ and Lewis saying ‘I really do not want to crash, because it is going to be really bad for the championship’.

 

 

“And this goes back to day two in lmola and day four in Barcelona.”

Palmer then explained Max has been employing these tactics throughout the 2021 season.

 

 

“It has been the case a lot this year, but now we are getting to the end of the season and Max has had the slower car for the last few, maybe it was the quicker car this weekend in the race, it was hard to tell because of the tire differences, but he certainly had a better car in qualifying – anyway.

 

 

“Every one of these incidents, he is putting his car in a position that is saying ‘either I am going to exit this corner ahead, or neither of us are going to exit the corner’, which is an impossible way to go racing with someone.

 

 

“And of course if they crash, then Max has one hand on the trophy, he has 8 points [on Lewis] and does not even need to beat Lewis in Abu Dhabi – if neither of them score points in Abu Dhabi, then Max is the champion,

 

 

“So he will race like this again.”

Palmer then says Max’s current racing attitude is making it tough for Formula 1 regulators to ensure a fair championship fight.

 

“And it is a really tricky thing trying to figure out how to work with this from here as a sport to try and just have a fair fight, because it does not feel it is quite that at the moment.

 

 

“And where we are at now, for the second race of three where, basically, rather than being overtaken on track the stewards are having to just give a five-second penalty. In Brazil they did not but they should have.

 

 

“Max is not going to be overtaken on the track, he is going to cover the inside, not let anyone round the outside and if he goes off-track then ‘to hell with it, give me a penalty if you want, but I am not backing down’,” Palmer concluded.

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