The incident at the first chicane put both drivers out of the race, and it only came four races after contact between the two at Silverstone resulted in a heavy crash for Verstappen.
Coincidentally, Hill himself had collisions with his rival Michael Schumacher during the British and Italian Grands Prix as they fought for the championship in 1995.
He says the rivalry between the current title contenders has given rise to a big battle, but he would prefer to see it settled on merit.
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“It has become very captivating,” Hill told Autosport. “It’s exciting and fascinating.
“I just think it’s a shame in our sport that it inevitably leads to these accidents. I don’t think it’s a show of skill. It really shows a lack of self-control.
“It was preventable. The question [is] whether it was an error in judgment or a deliberate reluctance to give in.
“They’re both playing hard, but I think you need to be at least a wheel ahead to try to get around someone’s outside, and Max has never been in that position.”
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12 and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B collide
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Hill noted that Verstappen bouncing off the chicane edges contributed to the contact that ensued.
“Once you do that, you are out of control,” he said. “He had the option of taking the escape route, I think, earlier than that and avoiding contact and going somewhere else, but he didn’t.
“Maybe he knew that if Lewis got ahead, he was screwed.
“The consequences are pretty dire, and very luckily Lewis is unharmed. I saw a picture of his head smashed into the tire, and Max had then dropped the clutch with his head attached to the tire which could have been extremely unpleasant. . But it’s something that is beyond Max’s control. “
Hill also said McLaren’s double in Italy had echoes of the Belgian GP in 1998, when he and his Jordan GP teammate Ralf Schumacher were urged by team boss Eddie Jordan to stick with the flag to ensure a historic result.
“I played golf with Zak [Brown] the other day and I’m interested in how he changed the dynamics at McLaren and made good decisions, bold decisions, ”said Hill. “And hiring Andreas Seidl is obviously part of that.
“The car looks good. It looked competitive, didn’t it? Maybe it wasn’t as good as the Mercs or the Red Bulls, but competitive. Good leadership from mature team of Daniel Ricciardo. “