The 2021 Formula 1 title could be decided at the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, where Max Verstappen starts the weekend with an eight-point advantage over Lewis Hamilton. Ahead of this weekend’s race, Damon Hill has warned the Dutchman to keep it clean and to avoid the temptation of crashing into the defending world champion.
Hill lost a world title to Michael Schumacher in 1994 when the German took both drivers out of the final race of the season. Given that Schumacher held the championship lead ahead of that final round, he benefited from the two DNFs.
Now, two and a half decades on, Hill has recalled that incident, putting Verstappen under maximum surveillance and even calling for the Red Bull man to be stripped of points if he causes a crash.
“For a driver to resist the temptation to be an aggressive defender is extremely high, it’s very difficult to resist that,” Hill told The Express when discussing Verstappen.
“I think the point is how can the sport take steps to prevent an unhappy ending. We’ve had enough of these championships which have been decided controversially and I think that, for all the good work the sport does, it’s slightly undone when we have an unsatisfactory resolution.”
“What can they do? We had one season where all the points were taken away from the guy who came second, which wasn’t really much of a penalty.
“I think some sort of clear indication is needed before we go into this. They may decide to impose a points penalty if we have a clash which is deemed to be unfair. That may be the only way of preventing something like that happening.”