June.17 – Ex- Formula 1 racer Jos Verstappen does not think that responsibility lay with Lewis Hamilton as the McLaren duo was made contact in the last race of the Canadian GP. The touch, at the end of Lap 7, resulted in leaving for the 2008 Champion as team-mate Jenson Button escaped the moment and went on to victory.
“He’s had two unfortunate races, but each incident must be viewed separately,” Verstappen wrote in a blog for Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. “In Monaco, he did something stupid; Felipe Massa was put out of the race by his actions and claiming the stewards punished him ‘Because I’m black’ wasn’t a clever thing to say.
“The collision with Button last Sunday, though, was not Hamilton’s fault. I understood his attempt to overtake him and Button could have given more space. Despite all of the commotion, Hamilton remains a good driver; he just needs to clear his head and get the luck back on his side.”
And this weekend rumor surrounded with Hamilton and alleged personal discussion with Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner in Montreal, Jos Verstappen does not expect a team move.
“Frankly, I don’t expect him to leave the British team because Hamilton’s a real McLaren boy,” added Verstappen, who last raced in Formula 1 with Minardi in 2003. “Also, his Red Bull team-mate would be Vettel – he’s been there for a while and enjoys his self-assurance within the team. I don’t know whether a move to Red Bull would be wise for Hamilton.”
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