The world champion was making an attempt to take second place from Hamilton at the beginning of the security automotive restart, however ended up tussling together with his Mercedes rival within the Senna Estes.
Having tried to get round Hamilton at Flip 1, he discovered himself squeezed into the apex of Flip 2 earlier than the pair clashed. The stewards gave Verstappen a five-second penalty for being predominantly accountable for the collision.
Talking concerning the incident, Verstappen mentioned he suspected issues would not work out as soon as he received to the Mercedes driver’s facet.
“I simply felt as quickly as I went beside him that he had no intention of leaving me area,” mentioned the Dutchman. “And that is okay, for those who do not depart me room, are we going to collide?”
He added: “I believed after final yr, perhaps we’ll overlook about it, we are able to lastly race, you recognize. As a result of to start with, after I went facet by facet, I believed okay, let’s have a superb race right here.
“However you then really feel it with a driver, whether or not he will depart area or not. And there was no intention of leaving me area.”
Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing RB18, collides with Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13
Picture by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Photos
Verstappen mentioned he was just a little stunned that the stewards determined he was primarily accountable for the incident.
“Sure, to be trustworthy, I used to be stunned after I received the five-second penalty,” he defined. “I imply, I wasn’t upset. However for those who requested me, ‘would I do it once more?’ Completely.”
Reflecting on the place of the vehicles, Verstappen calculated that Hamilton might have given him more room with out dropping his place.
“I used to be, effectively, I can say, 85% on the facet, and my intention isn’t to crash,” he mentioned. “However I might really feel he simply wasn’t going to let me the area in that nook. After which sure, we collided.
“If he had moved just a little bit, he most likely would have stayed forward anyway. And it is a disgrace.
“I wish to run. I wish to have a superb struggle, however when the opposite one would not wish to work with you…”