Lewis Hamilton reacts to scary Max Verstappen near miss in French Grand Prix practice

Hamilton lost control of his Mercedes at Turn Four during a practice run, taking out a bollard in the process.

He managed to regain control of his car and return to the circuit.

But as he did so, Hamilton came on the track just ahead of Max Verstappen, forcing the Red Bull driver to run wide at Turn Five.

The incident was investigated by stewards after the practice session.

However, they accepted Hamilton’s explanation of events, saying he could not see Verstappen approaching, and no action was taken.

“It was a serious moment, I’m surprised I caught it,” he said.

“I think if I had gone around I might have gone off into the wall.

“I got it under control drifting, then I had to apply the brake, and come off the brake and apply the brake and a bit of gas to try and keep the balance

“It was kind of cool, so I am definitely happy with the save. It didn’t really damage the tyres either.

“I went off, tried to trundle back onto the track, away from the racing line, but then naturally you get to the racing line.

“I was looking in my mirror, but being along the white line, you look behind you, and there’s nothing there – because Max was quite far on racing line on other side, I was just trying to go slow to stay out of the way, I saw him all of a sudden come round.

“Luckily I didn’t stop him going into the corner, think he had a big snap on exit.

“It’s practice, sometimes these things happen, it wasn’t intentional or anything like that.”

It immediately drew comparisons to Hamilton’s incident with Sebastian Vettel at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Albeit that was during a race setting, Hamilton was forced to take evasive action when Vettel was deemed to have re-entered the track in an unsafe manner.

The Ferrari driver was handed a five-second penalty by stewards, which ultimately cost him the win.

source: express.co.uk