Damon Hill thinks Lewis Hamilton has inflicted a “psychological dent” in Max Verstappen with his renewed aggression at Silverstone.

After a first half of the season in which it has mostly been Verstappen getting in the first punch, Hamilton was especially feisty at the start of the British Grand Prix.

Their opening-lap battle, of course, ended with a collision from which Verstappen’s Red Bull went hurtling into the barrier and out of the race, while his Mercedes rival secured victory after overcoming a 10-second penalty for the incident to pass Charles Leclerc late on.

Hill, who won the British Grand Prix in 1994, believes Hamilton wanted to issue a “statement of intent” to his World Championship rival, whom he now trails by only eight points, and that it is likely to have affected the Dutchman’s mindset.

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