Max Verstappen has admitted that he will not let his 2021 Silverstone crash affect the way he races during the British Grand Prix, with the high-speed incident now a thing of the past.
Both he and Lewis Hamilton have put their infamous collision behind them, Verstappen says, one year on from the shunt that left the Dutch driver requiring precautionary checks in hospital.
The two drivers came together at the famous Copse corner amid an intense Lap 1 battle for the lead. The crash sent Verstappen into the barrier and saw Hamilton handed a 10-second time penalty, a penalty he overcame to win the race.
Hamilton’s post-race celebrations left a sour taste in the mouths of those at Red Bull, but Verstappen insists that the incident is now behind both him and Hamilton as the 24-year-old shrugged: “Crashes happen.”
Speaking to members of the media, including RacingNews365.com, Verstappen said: “I think that’s the beautiful thing about racing drivers.
“Of course, at the time you’re upset but you also can quickly forget about it and just move on, and continue to race hard.
“If you look at how we are interacting this year, it’s behind us. Crashes happen, unfortunately, and some are a bit more painful than others, but you move on from it.”
Verstappen will not let 2021 crash influence his 2022 race
Verstappen says his 2021 crash will not influence his race craft during Sunday’s race, even if were he to go side-by-side once again with Hamilton.
“It brings back memories but it doesn’t really influence what I’m doing right now,” he explained.
“I’ve also hit the wall at other places. It is what it is.
“It was just not the best Sunday for me but these things happen. You just always look forward, because looking back is not going to change anything.
“I’ve had a lot of Sundays where, of course, I would have liked to have had a better result and that was the same last year.
“What happened there is now behind me, and I just look ahead.”