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“You’re not there to take your foot off the gas”

Verstappen and Hamilton starred in one of the moments that will surely mark the 2021 season of the Formula 1 with his accident on the curve Copse Sunday in Silverstone and opinions about what happened can go back and forth about who was responsible.

In order to Hakkinen, in his usual column for the Unibet betting site, the situation is very clear from his point of view.

“Sunday’s collision between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton during the British Grand Prix was a pure racing incident,” said the 1998 and 1999 F1 world champion.

“When you run at those speeds and go for victory, sometimes these things can happen. As a top-level driver, looking for the world championship, you are not there to lift your foot. Our job is to race, and I know for myself experience that when you race wheel to wheel there is always the possibility that the cars will touch “.

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The Finn believes that the confidence that both Verstappen and Hamilton have added to the unleashing of the incident that ended with the Dutchman’s retirement after a heavy blow to the tire defenses.

“Max feels very confident. He has won five Grands Prix this year and leads the world championship. He had made a great start, and he was not going to give up the position to Lewis very easily, especially in a corner so fast that then it ends in a complex of three curves – Maggotts, Becketts and Chapel – where it is not possible to overtake, “said Hakkinen.

“Lewis has the same confidence in himself and in his car. He has had a lot of successes and is very experienced, which means he was very focused on winning and winning track position over Max,” he added.

The clash of Verstappen Y Hamilton it came in the 10th round of a season that has planned, if the schedule goes to plan, a total of 23 grands prix. Hakkinen has no doubt that the next time they meet on the track, neither of them will want to be the one to pick up speed.

“This accident will really put some fire between these two and their battle for the world championship. Neither of them will want to repeat that accident, but they will be even more determined not to take their foot off the gas the next time they meet in this one. kind of close battle. We’re going to see how they fight hard for the rest of the season. It’s going to be really fascinating, “he predicted.

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The RAF aerobatics team, the Red Arrows, perform for the public in their BAE Systems Hawk T.Mk.1A.

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Red Arrows smoke over pit buildings

Red Arrows smoke over pit buildings

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The Safety Car on the grid

The Safety Car on the grid

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Fans

Fans

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Tom Cruise with Stefano Domenicali, CEO of Formula 1

Tom Cruise with Stefano Domenicali, CEO of Formula 1

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Actor Tom Cruise

Actor Tom Cruise

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The RAF aerobatics team, the Red Arrows, are on display to the public in their BAE Systems Hawk T.Mk.1A.

The RAF aerobatics team, the Red Arrows, are on display to the public in their BAE Systems Hawk T.Mk.1A.

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12 al inicio

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12 al inicio

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Max Verstappen’s car, Red Bull Racing RB16B on a tow truck, is brought to the garage

Max Verstappen's car, Red Bull Racing RB16B on a tow truck, is brought to the garage

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Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, prepare to lead the pack for the restart

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, prepare to lead the pack for the restart

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Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12

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Actor Tom Cruise and Toto Wolff, Team Principal and CEO of Mercedes AMG, on the grid

Actor Tom Cruise and Toto Wolff, Team Principal and CEO of Mercedes AMG, on the grid

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THE Safety Car Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, and the rest of the field through the pit lane

THE Safety Car Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, and the rest of the field through the pit lane

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Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

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Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21 and Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-21

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21 and Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-21

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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

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Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, pit stop

Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, pit stop

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, pit stop

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, pit stop

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12 lead the pack as the lights turn green

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12 lead the pack as the lights turn green

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Max Verstappen’s car, the Red Bull Racing RB16B, returns to the garage on a tow truck

Max Verstappen's car, the Red Bull Racing RB16B, returns to the garage on a tow truck

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Max Verstappen’s car, the Red Bull Racing RB16B, returns to the garage on a tow truck

Max Verstappen's car, the Red Bull Racing RB16B, returns to the garage on a tow truck

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Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-21

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-21

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Winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12 with Great Britain flag

Winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12 with Great Britain flag

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Winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12 with Great Britain flag

Winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12 with Great Britain flag

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Winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12 with Great Britain flag

Winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12 with Great Britain flag

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Winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12 with Great Britain flag

Winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12 with Great Britain flag

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Winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12 with Great Britain flag

Winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12 with Great Britain flag

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Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, spins after making contact with Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, spins after making contact with Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, spins

Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, spins

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Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41

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Lando Norris, McLaren congratulates winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, at Parc Ferme

Lando Norris, McLaren congratulates winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, at Parc Ferme

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, gets out of his damaged car after crashing on the first lap

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, gets out of his damaged car after crashing on the first lap

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, George Russell, Williams FW43B

Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, George Russell, Williams FW43B

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Fans

Fans

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Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521, Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, and the rest of the cars through the pit lane

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521, Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, and the rest of the cars through the pit lane

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Podium: second place Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

Podium: second place Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

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Podium: second place Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, and third place Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes

Podium: second place Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, and third place Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes

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Podium: second place Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, and third place Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes

Podium: second place Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, and third place Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes

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Fans

Fans

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Fans

Fans

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Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, 2nd position, in Parc Ferme

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, 2nd position, in Parc Ferme

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Podium: second place Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

Podium: second place Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

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Podium: second place Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

Podium: second place Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

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Podium: winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

Podium: winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

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Podium: winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

Podium: winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

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