Red Bull ‘know Max Verstappen was wrong’ and caused Hamilton horror crash at the Italian Grand Prix so are ‘trying to make Lewis the culprit’ to protect their man, insists Mercedes chief

Mercedes’ trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin says Red Bull are blaming Lewis Hamilton for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix crash to protect Max Verstappen. When you look at Turn 4 earlier in the race, [Lewis] backed out of it, but it was clear for Max [before the incident] it would end up in a crash. ‘I think Max had earned the right to be given more space to work with in turn two but I think you could look at this as a racing incident. ‘I think Lewis tried to open up at Turn 1 to force Max to cut the corner. But it is a very typical manoeuvre [in] Turn 1, Turn 2, and they have been unlucky [to] touch wheel to wheel.

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