Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen have crashed into each other at the 2022 Brazilian GP, resulting in major damage to the latter’s car early in the race.
After an early Safety Car, Hamilton, running in second, found Verstappen right on his gearbox going into Turn 1.
The Dutchman was slightly ahead of Hamilton at Turn 1, then going into Turn 2 Hamilton had put his Mercedes back ahead of the Red Bull.
Then, Verstappen hit the side of Hamilton’s car and destroyed his front wing.
Hamilton was clear in his assertion that Verstappen was at fault, as he told his race engineer Pete Bonnington: “That was no racing incident.”
Verstappen was then handed a five second penalty by the stewards for causing a collision.
“You’ve been given a five-second time penalty for the collision into Turn 1,” Verstappen was told over team radio. To which he replied “where did they expect me to go?”