Lewis Hamilton has disagreed with McLaren boss Andrea Stella’s suggestion that Max Verstappen’s driving in the controversial Austrian GP collision with Lando Norris was a consequence of the Dutchman not receiving more severe punishments during the 2021 title fight with him.

In an interview with Sky Sports F1 after the contentious finish to last Sunday’s race, when Verstappen and Norris’ duel for the race lead ended in a collision with seven laps to go, Stella, McLaren’s team principal, drew a parallel between the Turn Three incident and ones between Verstappen and Hamilton when the pair waged during an intense fight for the 2021 title.

“The problem behind it is that if you don’t address these things honestly, they will come back,” said Stella.

“They have come back today because they were not addressed properly in the past when there were some fights with Lewis that needed to be punished in a harsher way.”

Sitting alongside Norris in Thursday’s Drivers’ Press Conference at Silverstone ahead of this weekend’s British GP, Hamilton was asked for his view on Stella’s comparison.

“I don’t agree with that, no,” said Hamilton.

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Asked if he could elaborate as to why, the Mercedes driver repeated: “I don’t agree with it.”

Hamilton had earlier not been drawn in general about last Sunday’s Verstappen-Norris clash.

“Nothing really. I didn’t think anything,” said Hamilton, whose team-mate George Russell profited from the collision to claim Mercedes’ first win for over 18 months.

“I was more concerned about my race and enjoying the team’s win.”

Asked if he had any advice for Norris about racing Verstappen, Hamilton said: “Again, I don’t think I need to. They have raced each other for many years.

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Norris says Verstappen does not need to apologise for their crash in Austria and believes it was a ‘pathetic’ incident that ended both their races

“It’s nothing to do with me.”

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Sky Sports F1’s live British GP schedule (all F1 sessions on Sky Showcase)

Thursday July 4
6pm: The F1 Show

Friday July 5
8.35am: F3 Practice
9.55am: F2 Practice
12pm: British GP Practice One (session starts at 12.30pm)
2.05pm: F3 Qualifying
3pm: F2 Qualifying
3.45pm: British GP Practice Two (session starts at 4pm)

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Saturday July 6
9.15am: F3 Sprint
11.15am: British GP Practice Three (session starts at 11.30am)
1.10pm: F2 Sprint
2.15pm: British GP Qualifying build-up
3pm: British GP Qualifying
5pm: Ted’s Qualifying Notebook

Sunday July 7
8:15am: F3 Feature Race
9:50am: F2 Feature Race
11:50am: Porsche Supercup
1:30pm: Grand Prix Sunday – British GP build-up
3pm: The BRITISH GRAND PRIX
5pm: Chequered Flag: British GP reaction
6pm: Ted’s Notebook

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