Ranking Lewis Hamilton’s worst crashes in the 2021 F1 season
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have fought for the 2021 F1 Championship throughout the season. The Briton is aiming for an unprecedented eighth world title while Verstappen is just trying to win his first and currently leads the 36-year-old veteran by eight points with two races remaining.
The current season is the first since 2016 to take place within such narrow margins, as Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have been quite dominant over the years. This year, however, 24-year-old Red Bull ace Max Verstappen has a car nearly tied with the Silver Arrows and is giving the seven-time world champion a run for his money.
As a result, there have been a few controversial incidents between the two teams and the drivers throughout the season.
Ranking Lewis Hamilton’s worst crashes so far this season
To try to better understand Lewis Hamilton’s position and consistency this season, it’s important to look at his worst crashes so far.
# 3 Hitting the barriers in Q3 at the Monaco Grand Prix
The 2021 Monaco Grand Prix saw Verstappen win his first title and lead the world championship for the first time in his career. The Dutchman qualified second on Saturday but was quickly promoted to pole position as fastest lap holder Charles Leclerc had to abandon the car moments before the start of the race.
Hamilton struggled to keep pace in Q1 and Q2, and just when it looked like his last lap in Q3 would be an improvement, he came close to a barrier. As commentator Martin Brundle pointed out, even a minor scuff like this can shrink by 0.3 seconds, which can be the difference between a start before and in the middle of the row.
The Briton only managed to finish seventh overall and was unable to regain any position during the race.
# 2 Crash in the pit lane during Q3 at the Russian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton crashed into a wall near the pit lane entrance at the Sochi Autodrome in Russia. The rainy conditions made it difficult for the teams to find the right tire for their fastest laps.
The Briton had secured the provisional pole position on intermediate tires when the team decided to switch to slick tires as the track began to dry up. However, Hamilton was a little happy entering the pits and hit the wall, smashing his front wing.
The seven-time world champion then couldn’t complete another round, falling to fourth after a shocking Q3 that saw the unlikely trio of Lando Norris, Carlos Sainz and George Russell become the top three qualifiers.
# 1 Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crash at Italian Grand Prix
In perhaps what is just after the huge fall of the British Grand Prix, the two championship protagonists collided at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Both drivers crashed in dramatic fashion on lap 26 as Verstappen’s Red Bull found itself perched on top of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes, narrowly missing the latter’s lead thanks to the “Halo” installed on the cars. modern F1 cars.
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The crash left both cars in the gravel and resulted in a double DNF for Hamilton and Verstappen.