Jos Verstappen: Max has unfinished business with Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton and Max Verstappen were involved in major crash in 2021 British Grand Prix


Jos Verstappen has indicated the controversial incident between his son Max and Lewis Hamilton still sits with the Red Bull driver ahead of the 2022 British Grand Prix, the site of the incident between the pair 12 months earlier.

The Formula 1 stewards judged Hamilton to be at fault at the time, handing him a hefty 10-second stop/go penalty, and though the Brit would go on to win that race it wasn’t enough to beat the Dutchman to the ultimate prize.

The then 23-year-old seemingly put the incident behind him for good when he clinched the 2021 world championship in Abu Dhabi 12 races later, but that might not be the case if Jos is to be believed.

“We all know that Max has unfinished business [with Hamilton],” said Jos, in a typically bullish interview from the Dutchman with RTL Nitro.

“We all know that. But Max never worries and always does a good job.”

Max Verstappen heads to Silverstone with a commanding 49-point lead over his biggest rival Charles Leclerc in the Drivers’ Championship, and will be looking to win his first British Grand Prix.

Hamilton’s British Grand Prix record

Hamilton‘s win in 2021 extended the Brit’s record to seven wins in eight editions of the race, but with Mercedes struggling to get near the front so far in the 2022 F1 season it looks unlikely Hamilton will be able to challenge Verstappen and improve that record.

Verstappen is one of only two drivers to beat Hamilton at his home track since 2014, in the 2020 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

“Normally we should be strong,” said Jos Verstappen in assessing his son’s chances for the weekend, “But you never know”.

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, and previously worked for and in motorsport and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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