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Lewis Hamilton: “Drivers forced to “leave extra space” for Verstappen”

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Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari race differently against Red Bull driver Max Verstappen in Formula 1.

Hamilton and Verstappen came together on the opening lap of the Mexican Grand Prix, with Hamilton oversteering at Turn 2 in response to being forced wide by Verstappen.

I think every driver is slightly different,” said Hamilton. “Some are smarter; some are like very smart, aggressive and some are silly with it. 

“And so, through those experiences of racing with people, you give some more space and [with] others you don’t have to. They are quite respectful.  But yeah, Max, it’s very likely you’re going to come together with Max if you don’t give him extra space, so most of the time you do. 

“But as I said, in my experience, I didn’t have a lot of space to give him extra space [in the incident at Turn 2]. But I don’t think it was intentional or anything like that. It was just, he’s a magnet for those kind of things but yeah, nonetheless, I managed to keep the car together and in a straight line, fortunately.”

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