“I had a feeling something was going to happen,” says Valtteri Bottas

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton were involved in a fierce battle during the opening lap of the British GP.

Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas secured a podium finish at the British GP, as he finished P3 on Sunday. Lewis Hamilton won his home race, whereas, Charles Leclerc finished P2 with an impressive drive.

The defining moment of the race occurred on the first lap, when Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen almost crashed into each other. The duo were battling side by side going into the corners, as Verstappen went into the gravel, which ended his race.

Valtteri Bottas was running fourth at the moment, and believed that he could feel something wrong was about to happen when he saw Verstappen and Hamilton battle during the first lap.

“I saw them fighting during lap one, a bit like yesterday [sprint qualifying. I had a feeling something was going to happen but obviously they were fighting hard. That kind of thing happens, that’s racing. It can happen when you fight hard and you don’t give up,” said Bottas.

“I’m just happy Max is fine because it was a big shunt. But I really feel like Lewis fully deserved the win. That big happened at Copse with Hamilton’s front left making contact with Verstappen’s rear right, sending the Dutchman hurtling through the gravel and into the barrier, the impact 51G,” he added.

It’s a racing incident: Charles Leclerc

Max Verstappen was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, as he felt a but dizzy. He criticized Lewis Hamilton for his reckless driving, and his celebrations post victory.

On the other hand, Charles Leclerc put the incident down as a racing incident, and believes that it is very difficult to blame any one driver.

“It is very difficult to judge it from the car, we are very low, so it’s difficult to see everything and it went very quickly. I could see there was quite a bit going on in front of me, said Leclerc.

“I think it’s a racing incident. It is quite difficult to put the blame on one or the other. Obviously, there was the space on the inside. Maybe Lewis was not completely at the apex, but it’s also true that Max was quite aggressive on the outside. Things happen but I think what is most important today is that Max is unharmed and is fine,” he added.

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