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Did Hamilton get penalty points?

The stewards have awarded two penalty points to Lewis Hamilton after being found at fault for the clash that took Max Verstappen out of the race. ... Hamilton survived the impact and was able to replace a damaged wheel rim under the red flag, while Verstappen was brought to hospital for precautionary checks. racingnews365.comStewards give Hamilton penalty points for Verstappen clash

What did Verstappen say about Hamilton?

But after being "taken to a local hospital for further cautionary tests", Verstappen posted on social media saying Hamilton's move had been "dangerous" and his victory celebrations were "disrespectful and unsportsmanlike". Celebrating his win, Hamilton said: "This is a dream for me today, to do it in front of you all. Sky NewsLewis Hamilton targeted by racists online after British Grand Prix win and Max Verstappen crash

Perez’s top 10 sacrificed to prevent extra Hamilton point

Motorsport Week 19 July, 2021 - 09:00am

Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB16B makes a pit stop. British Grand Prix, Sunday 18th July 2021. Silverstone, England.

Red Bull managed to prevent Lewis Hamilton from taking the maximum 26 points on offer on Sunday by removing Sergio Perez from the top 10 late on.

Perez recovered from the back of the grid by running a two-stop strategy and was promoted into the points when Pierre Gasly pitted due to a puncture.

But Red Bull opted to pit him for a third time, taking on fresh tyres, in order to go for the fastest lap.

Perez succeeded in his task but did not pick up the extra point for fastest lap on account of classifying down in 16th position.

However it removed the accolade from Hamilton, who at that stage was set for fastest lap, and who went on to pass Charles Leclerc for victory.

If a driver outside of the top 10 sets the fastest lap the point is not redistributed.

It meant that while Perez missed out on a point, a likely point was taken off Hamilton’s tally, leaving the gap between the title front-runners eight rather than seven points, still in Max Verstappen’s favour.

Red Bull’s decision did not affect the Constructors’ Championship, as both Perez and Hamilton missed out on a potential point.

Red Bull leads Mercedes by four points in the standings.

“I’m very disappointed with my weekend and my performance,” said Perez. “I wasn’t able to make as much progress as expected and found myself in a very difficult position with the tyres.

“As soon as we were in the DRS train it was impossible to overtake people. I think P7 was possible, with a couple more laps I think I could have got Lance [Stroll] and Fernando [Alonso] but in the end for strategic reasons we decided to stop to take the fastest lap.”

Such a cynical move from Red Bull. Thats not racing. Bitter much?

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Hamilton victory celebrations were ‘disrespectful’ and ‘unsportsmanlike’ says Verstappen

Formula 1 RSS UK 19 July, 2021 - 08:01am

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Verstappen, who started on pole, ran side-by-side with his Mercedes rival down Silverstone's old pit straight before they touched going around Copse Corner, with the Red Bull pitched heavily into the barriers.

Verstappen climbed out of the car and was taken to the medical centre before being transported to hospital for further checks. Hamilton was handed a 10-second penalty for the incident but fought his way back to secure an eighth Silverstone win.

The seven-time world champion celebrated his victory with a jubilant slowdown lap, while waving a British flag, and then exploded with emotion upon jumping out of the car, absorbing the appreciation of a delighted home crowd.

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It later emerged that Hamilton - who had asked how Verstappen was during the race - was unaware the Dutchman was in hospital until some time later, while he was talking to media.

Verstappen’s first response following the crash – which Red Bull boss Christian Horner said was 51G – came via social media.

“Glad I’m ok,” he 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.”

Horner was equally frustrated, describing Hamilton’s move on the Dutchman as “desperate”. He added it was “hollow victory” for the Mercedes driver, who is now just eight points behind Verstappen in the drivers’ standings.

For his part, Hamilton said he wouldn't be bullied into being less aggressive, and that the incident did not take the shine off his victory.

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Hamilton did see Leclerc 'show respect' during overtaking action

GPblog 19 July, 2021 - 08:01am

Hamilton also explained this during the press conference. From his side, he did go off his brake at Leclerc, where he didn't in the incident with Verstappen.

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Carlos Sainz says his Ferrari ‘belonged’ in the top three at Silverstone, after slow pitstop hampered his race | Formula 1®

Formula 1 RSS UK 19 July, 2021 - 05:39am

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Sainz came into the pits from P2 on Lap 29 but a stubborn left-front tyre change meant his stop lasted 12.3 seconds and the Spaniard lost 37.5 seconds in the pit lane, which was 2.5s less than Lewis Hamilton spent in the pitlane serving a 10s stop-and-go penalty. The Ferrari driver was asked if he was disappointed after the race.

“Yes, of course, when you have such a strong pace and you do fastest laps and you are basically as fast as we were today it’s obviously difficult to take," he said. "But considering that [on Lap 1 of the F1 Sprint (below)] I was last and I managed to finish P6 [in the Grand Prix] with a very slow pitstop, it is still a positive result.”

“I think the team has been great in pit stops this year and it’s the first mistake we do. It is what it is; it’s always going to happen during the year and congrats to Charles because today he put the car where it belonged.”

The British GP marked a third-consecutive double-points haul for Ferrari and a huge turnaround in form after they failed to score at all in the French GP, four races ago.

“I mean, it’s been very positive, you know, to see that the car in clean air was as fast as it was today,” he said. “I think as you said, at some point I was setting fastest lap on 25-[lap]-old mediums, so it shows that the tyre deg and the set-up and the car balance is improving.

“We are indeed looking to improve all the areas, still, but today at this circuit that we thought it was not going to be very good for us; we delivered, and the car was very nice to drive.”

The Scuderia left Silverstone with lots to smile about, with Leclerc having taken his first podium since the 2020 British GP having led 49 laps – Sainz’s points helping the team keep tabs on McLaren in their fight for P3 in the constructors’ championship.

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Bottas endured a pair of bad starts in the British Grand Prix, first at the race start itself – where he was passed by Charles Leclerc – and then at the red flag restart, where he was overtaken by McLaren’s Lando Norris.

But after he was able to jump Norris following a slow McLaren pit stop before finishing third, behind team mate Lewis Hamilton – who he let pass him on Lap 40 after instructions from Mercedes – and long-time race leader Leclerc, Bottas was left to reflect on a very thirsty run to P3…

“I had no drinks,” said Bottas after the race, which was run in temperatures of nearly 30C. “My drinks system didn’t work.

“[But] the main issue was race starts,” Bottas went on. “I was wheel-spinning quite a bit… In both of the race starts, I lost a place, and especially the second start when Lando got ahead of me. When he stopped, he had a slow pit stop, so it meant I had to react [by pitting] so we did actually get him that way.

“But then I also knew that the winning fight was pretty much gone, because my last stint was going to be really long. Already after 15 laps I had blisters in the front tyres, so I was really at the end nursing it home… But at least we got Lando and I helped Lewis to win.”

Bottas’ P3 marked his third consecutive podium, following a dry run of races for the Finn in Monaco and Baku, and comes at an opportune moment given that his future at Mercedes is currently hanging in the balance, with the team weighing up who to pair Hamilton with for 2022.

And Bottas’ drive – plus his quick swapping of places with Hamilton in the race – drew praise from Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff, who told the media: “He was very quick today, he drove a really solid race and just Lewis coming from behind on that hard was just in another dimension to everyone else on track.

“But Valtteri was the second quickest car out there and helped for Lewis to secure the win, and Valtteri’s just a great team member and great driver with the right character and personality.”

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Lewis Hamilton vows to continue racing ‘hard but fairly’ after 190mph collision

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Verstappen was released from hospital at 10pm on Sunday night, seven hours after his high-speed crash with Hamilton on the opening lap of the Silverstone race.

Hamilton was dealt a 10-second penalty for the accident.

But he recovered from fourth to pass Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc for victory with two laps remaining, slashing the championship deficit to Verstappen from 33 points to just eight.

Following the crash, Verstappen was taken in an ambulance to the on-track medical centre and then to Coventry Hospital, 40 miles outside of Silverstone, for further checks and a CT scan.

His Red Bull team confirmed he was given the all-clear to leave “without any major injuries” late on Sunday night.

“Watching the celebrations while still in hospital is disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behaviour but we move on.”

Hamilton responded by saying: “Today is a reminder of the dangers in this sport. I send my best wishes to Max who is an incredible competitor. I’m glad to hear he is OK.

Hamilton also said he has nothing to apologise for after Christian Horner said he put Verstappen’s life in danger.

Horner said: “His actions have left in jeopardy another driver’s safety and for me that is unacceptable.

“Every grand prix driver knows that a move at that corner – one of the fastest in Formula One – is a massive, massive risk.

“What I am most angry about is just the lack of judgement, and the desperation in this move. It was never on.

“Lewis is a world champion that has won seven titles. It is an amateur’s mistake and a desperate mistake. Max is battered and bruised. It is the biggest accident of his career.”

But Hamilton said: “I don’t really have anything to say to Christian. The win doesn’t feel hollow.

“I don’t agree with the stewards but I take my penalty on the chin and get on with my job. I am not going to whine about it.

“Everyone is going to have a different opinion and I don’t really care what people think so I just do what I do and I am really grateful for today.”

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Horner FUMES at Hamilton after crash with Verstappen

Daily Mail 18 July, 2021 - 09:38am

By Jonathan McEvoy for the Daily Mail

Lewis Hamilton was accused of risking Max Verstappen’s life in the 180mph collision that overshadowed the Briton’s victory at Silverstone on Sunday. 

Verstappen, who was taken to hospital for checks, also called him ‘disrespectful’ and ‘unsportsmanlike’ after their opening-lap collision in front of 140,000 fans. 

But Hamilton, 36, said he had nothing to apologise for after slashing the deficit to his Dutch rival to eight points in what is now the hottest title fight of the century. 

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were involved in a high-speed collision at the British GP

Red Bull's Verstappen and Mercedes superstar Hamilton raced wheel-to-wheel at Silverstone

Christian Horner took aim at Hamilton and put the blame on him for Verstappen crashing out

Asked if Hamilton’s move at Copse corner could have killed his driver, Red Bull chief Christian Horner said: ‘Of course. His actions have put in jeopardy another driver’s safety and for me that is unacceptable.

‘Every driver knows that a move at that corner — one of the fastest in Formula One — is a massive, massive risk.

‘You don’t put a wheel up the inside without there being huge consequences. We are lucky today that there wasn’t someone seriously hurt.

‘What I am most angry about is the lack of judgment, and the desperation in this move. It was never on.’

Hamilton looked to take the inside line into the Copse corner and clipped Verstappen's wheel

Hamilton had looked to pull ahead at the British Grand Prix but Verstappen stood his ground

Verstappen's rear right wheel was touched by Hamilton's front left, sending his car hurtling off

Hamilton passed Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc with just over two laps remaining to win his home race for the eighth time after the stewards had handed him a 10-second penalty for his indiscretion.

Verstappen, 23, said: ‘I’m glad I am OK. I am 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.

‘The celebrations, while I am still in hospital, were disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behaviour, but we move on.’

Verstappen flew off the track after the incident before his car then crashed into the tyre barrier

Red Bull man Verstappen was soon able to climb from the wreckage after the sickening thud

The race was red-flagged while Verstappen was taken away and the barrier damage was fixed

Responding to the claims, Hamilton said: ‘I don’t really have anything to say to Christian. The win doesn’t feel hollow. I don’t think I am in a position to have to apologise for anything. We are out there racing. I heard Max is in hospital and that concerns me. None of us here ever wants to see a driver injured. That is never my intention so I really hope he is OK.

‘We are in a battle and this year he has been very aggressive and I’ve had to concede and avoid incidents with him. When an opportunity comes, I have to try to take it.

‘I don’t agree with the stewards but I take my penalty on the chin and I am not going to whine about it.

‘Everyone is going to have a different opinion and I don’t really care what people think, I am really grateful for today.’ 

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