Raging Max Verstappen slams ‘disrespectful and unsportsmanlike’ Lewis Hamilton for celebrating British GP win while he was in hospital… insisting first-lap crash at Silverstone was the Brit’s fault and that ‘justice’ wasn’t served by his penalty
- Lewis Hamilton clipped Max Verstappen to send the Dutchman crashing out
- The stewards deemed that the seven-time world champion was to blame
- However, the Mercedes driver composed himself to take the win at Silverstone
- Verstappen then took to Twitter to vent about Hamilton’s victory celebrations
- Hamilton’s victory means he has cut the gap to his fierce rival to seven points
Max Verstappen took a swipe at title rival Lewis Hamilton from hospital, describing his celebrations after winning the British Grand Prix as ‘disrespectful’ and ‘unsportsmanlike’.
Verstappen, who went into Sunday’s race at Silverstone 33 points ahead in the title race, started pole but by Turn 9 on the opening lap here he was out of the race, clipped by Hamilton on his rear right tyre and sent into the tyre wall at 180mph.
Checks by on-site medics resulted in Verstappen being referred to a nearby hospital where he watched a feed of the race in which Hamilton claimed victory from Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc two laps before the chequered flag.
Max Verstappen has angrily hit out at Lewis Hamilton after their first-lap crash at Silverstone
Hamilton went on to win the British Grand Prix and cut the Dutchman’s lead to seven points
‘Glad I’m OK,’ the Dutchman tweeted. ‘Very disappointed with being taken out like this. The penalty given does not help us and doesn’t do justice to the dangerous move Lewis made on track.
‘Watching the celebrations while still in hospital is disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behaviour but we move on.’
Later on Sunday, Verstappen posted a second tweet, saying: ‘Cleared from the hospital after all the checks were OK. Thank you to everyone for all the nice messages and best wishes.’
The two drivers have history and have come together twice already this season, in the opening race at Bahrain when Verstappen went off track before being asked to give the position he gained back and in Imola when Hamilton’s front wing was damaged by Verstappen and he was sent into the gravel.
This time round there was a great deal of concern for the heavy impact Verstappen took. It was investigated thoroughly by stewards with the session red flagged to repair the tyre wall.
Red Bull chief Helmut Marko went on German TV to ask for Hamilton to be suspended.
Christian Horner branded Hamilton ‘desperate’ after a crash which saw his driver go to hospital
In the end Hamilton was given a 10-second time penalty as stewards determined he was primarily to blame for the incident as he came down the inside line at Copse corner but, in their opinion, didn’t have the necessary position on the Apex.
The Mercedes star, who cut the championship points gap to eight with victory, was labelled ‘amateur’ and ‘desperate’ by Red Bull boss Christian Horner.
‘Every driver that has driven at this circuit knows you do not stick a wheel up the inside of Copse,’ Horner fumed to the race director.
‘That’s an enormous accident and it was Max’s corner. As far as I’m concerned, full blame is on Hamilton for that incident, he should never have been in that position. Thank god Max has walked away unscathed.’
Hamilton indicated that Verstappen was to blame for the Red Bull driver’s race ending early
He later went on to suggest Hamilton’s win will have felt ‘hollow’, which was dismissed out of hand by the Brit.
Asked whether he felt guilty for Verstappen’s plight, Hamilton was irritated of the blame landing solely at his door.
‘That isn’t the way I ever want to win a race or to race but these things happen,’ he said. ‘As Charles (Leclerc) said, this is a racing incident.
Hamilton saw one of his front wings damaged after a collision with Verstappen in Imola
‘Everyone will have a different opinion but I don’t really care what people think.
‘Rarely an incident is 100 per cent someone’s fault, usually it’s a mixture. There are things we can both learn.
‘Max is probably the most aggressive driver here, just my personal opinion. He does a great job, of course, but I think we have to really try and find the best balance with space and respect between one another. Then we can continue racing without colliding.’
Hamilton is now upbeat after a morale-boosting weekend ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix
He added: ‘It’s been such a hard year. One I thoroughly enjoyed, but an emotional rollercoaster as it always is with a title race.
‘The first four races were close then we saw them take that step ahead. We made some mistakes as a team but also lose performance. I was inspired by what the team brought.
‘Did I ever feel we would be back in the title fight? I don’t know. I prayed and hoped for it because I thought it would be a real slog. But the race is on.’
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