Jolyon Palmer says Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen “were going to crash at some point” given the nature of their first-lap battle at Silverstone.

The former Renault driver also felt the pair’s collision was more of a racing incident, albeit with a mistake on Hamilton’s part by missing the apex heading into Copse.

Verstappen was taken to hospital after a huge impact measured at 51G following the accident, but Hamilton was able to recover from a 10-second penalty to take a momentous victory in front of his home crowd.

The debate surrounding the crash has been fierce since the race ended and due to the fierce competitiveness shown in their early fight, Palmer felt he could see a collision coming at some point.

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