Ex-F1 driver Christijan Albers says Lewis Hamilton was always the one to give Max Verstappen space on track, until Silverstone.

There is something about a sprint qualifying weekend which seems to inspire contact between the two title protagonists, as Monza saw the second major collision between Verstappen and Hamilton in 2021.

An 11-second pit stop for Verstappen was followed by a troublesome visit to the pits for Hamilton also, meaning the seven-time World Champion emerged onto the track almost level with Verstappen as they bolted for Turn 1.

Taking the outside line for part one of the Rettifilo chicane, Verstappen then looked to go up the inside of Hamilton at Turn 2.

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