Verstappen didn’t have to be fighting Hamilton

Verstappen lost the lead at the start of the Italian Grand Prix against eventual winner Daniel Ricciardo and lagged behind the McLaren during the first stint.

After responding to Ricciardo’s pit stop, the Red Bull he suffered an 11-second stoppage, which caused him to position himself behind the second McLaren driven by Lando Norris.

The Dutchman was almost behind Hamilton when the Englishman made his stop, and the two collided at the first chicane at Monza, causing both protagonists to abandon for the title.

Red Bull Team Principal, Christian HornerCalling the calamity a “racing incident”, he admitted that Verstappen shouldn’t have been fighting Hamilton and that, with a normal pit stop, he would have been much further ahead.

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“We had a tough pit stop, we had a problem at the stop, so he was held in for much longer than he should have. He should never have been close to Lewis,” Horner said.

“Then Lewis had a problem, because he should have been very far from Max and that put the two of them in a situation where they were competing with each other. Of course they were going to go for it. “

Asked about the nature of the pitstop problem, Horner said it was “human error” that the team is still investigating.

“There is an issue that we have to fully understand, it seemed like a problem with the front right,” he explained.

“We had what seems like human error. The wheel was primed and ready to go and unfortunately the car was not released.”

“Normally guys are great in the pit lane, but this time it didn’t turn out the way they wanted it to.”

“But that’s what unfortunately got us into a situation we shouldn’t have been in, around Lewis.”

“And of course Mercedes had a problem with Lewis as well, because the two should have been pretty far apart. That’s what put one driver side by side.”

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