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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12 and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B just before they come together
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Formula 1 Austrian GP
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The strands that join Silverstone 2021 and Austria 2024's race lead crashes

OPINION: Max Verstappen and Lando Norris’s collision in Austria has prompted fears that F1 could see a return of 2021’s controversies. But history is already repeating itself

When you dig into the contributing factors of how it came to this, the critical elements are clear for all to see. A sense of regret after the sprint about letting Max Verstappen get away for another Formula 1 win when the opportunity was there to beat him.

The knowledge that if a move to make amends in the main race is going to work, passing the Red Bull has to happen immediately and aggressively. And the surety that the Dutchman will defend his lead at all costs - even if it risks an accident - so you have to play by the same rules and not back down to get it done.

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