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In real time, Formula 1 commentators David Croft and Martin Brundle mostly determined that the incident was just that, a normal racing incident that perhaps couldn’t have been avoided. Race stewards took a different view, giving Hamilton a 10-second penalty for causing the collision, which didn’t stop him from winning the race.

The crash also had massive title ramifications, with Hamilton getting 25 points for the win and Verstappen getting zero for the DNF, meaning Hamilton is now just eight points behind Verstappen for the championship. Christian Horner, team principal for Red Bull, was predictably pissed off about it.

“I have reviewed the footage many times and still cannot help but feel that putting a wheel up the inside at Copse, one of the fastest corners in this World Championship, was ill-judged and a huge risk by Lewis to both drivers.

“He was not significantly alongside Max as you can see from the point of contact, Lewis’ front left to Max’s right rear. The move was never on and resulted in a 51G impact for Max.”

Horner also called it a “hollow victory” for Hamilton, though Leclerc, a more neutral party, had this to say:

“Obviously there was a space on the inside, maybe Lewis was not completely at the apex, but it’s also true that Max was quite aggressive on the outside. So things happen, but I think what is the most important today is that Max is unharmed and is fine.”

“We’d failed the rim where we’d had the contact on the front-left,” said the team’s trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin, “so that would have been a DNF had it not been red-flagged.

“The rest of the damage was actually remarkably little,” he added. “It was a tyre temperature sensor that had got knocked loose, so it was waggling around, but amazingly, it’s the least important part on the front wing – and it was the only one that broke.”

Probably the fairest outcome would’ve been for Hamilton to DNF, too, if that was, as Mercedes says, a possibility. At least then in two weeks, in Hungary, everyone could have hit reset and started again.

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Instagram owners Facebook take no action against 31 accounts that sent abuse to Lewis Hamilton

Daily Mail 20 July, 2021 - 01:01pm

By Jeorge Bird and Martin Robinson and Dan Sales For Mailonline

Facebook, who are the owners of Instagram, have come under fire after taking no action against scores of accounts who racially abused Lewis Hamilton after his British Grand Prix win.

The Center for Countering Digital Hate had tracked 31 accounts which had abused the driver and reporting them to the social media platform. 

Hamilton was bombarded with monkey emojis and called a gorilla after winning the race in controversial fashion yesterday.

Mercedes has hinted that police should investigate some of the vile slurs aimed at their star driver and called on social media companies to do more to stop racist posts before they go online - and close the accounts of the culprits.

But the Center for Countering Digital Hate revealed the 31 accounts it identified which had abused Hamilton were still live.

Imran Ahmed, CEO of the CCDH said: 'It is beyond belief, after all the promises made in the last week by social media companies, that Instagram has failed to take any action against its users who have now racially abused Lewis Hamilton.

'By failing to act on racism towards England players last week, Instagram have created a culture of impunity for racists. 'It has publicly promised to issue automatic lifetime bans when it has clear, irrefutable evidence of serious racial hatred.

'But from its failure to identify monkey emojis as racist, to its flat-out refusal to issue lifetime bans to racists, Instagram—and its parent company Facebook—have chosen to side with racists over the victims of racial hatred. 

'The values and business model that underpin this powerful industry are broken beyond repair. It's time for the Government to pass serious legislation which will force Big Tech to keep their promises and finally clean up their platforms.' 

Seven-time world champion Hamilton, 36, was involved in a crash that saw championship leader and rival Max Verstappen plough his Red Bull into a wall and out of the race at Silverstone.

Hamilton, who is a vocal supporter of the BLM movement is leading a campaign for more racing drivers from black and ethnic minority groups, was hit by a 10 second penalty but went on to win the race and close the gap in the title race to just eight points.   

Following the race, Sir Lewis received a slew of racist abuse including monkey and gorilla emojis on Instagram - the platform of choice for racists who abused Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford after their penalty misses in the Euro 2020 final this month.

Today Mercedes, Hamilton's team, released a joint statement with Formula One and the sport's governing body, the FIA, condemning the abuse, and piled more pressure on social media giants to take steps to filter comments, ban racists and help police punish them if necessary.

'Formula 1, The FIA and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team condemn this behaviour in the strongest possible terms', they said.

'These people have no place in our sport and we urge that those responsible should be held accountable for their actions. Formula 1, the FIA, the drivers and the teams are working to build a more diverse and inclusive sport, and such unacceptable instances of online abuse must be highlighted and eliminated.'    

Facebook, which owns Instagram, insists it is filtering comments but insisted 'no single thing will fix this challenge overnight'.

A spokesman said: 'In addition to our work to remove comments and accounts that repeatedly break our rules, there are safety features available, including Comment Filters and Message Controls, which can mean no one has to see this type of abuse. No single thing will fix this challenge overnight but we're committed to the work to keep our community safe from abuse.'  

Lewis Hamilton received racist abuse online following his victory at the British Grand Prix

Hamilton was abused after he was involved in a crash with Max Verstappen during the first lap, before he went on to win

Hamilton received racist messages on Instagram with one user using a gorilla emoji (left)

Today Formula One released a joint statement with the sport's governing body, the FIA, and Hamilton's team Mercedes-AMG Petronas condemning the abuse

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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.

 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 is yet to comment on the abuse but last week issued a post after Marcus Rashford, Jordan Sancho and Bukayo Saka were racially abused following England's Euro 2020 final defeat against Italy at Wembley.

He wrote: 'The racial abuse on social media towards our players after yesterday's game is unacceptable. This sort of ignorance has to be stopped.

'Tolerance and respect for players of colour should not be conditional. Our humanity should not be conditional.'

Earlier in 2021, Hamilton was the first recipient of the Laureus Athlete Advocate of the Year award due to his involvement in the fight against racism. 

The 36-year-old has frequently spoken about fighting racism and has pushed for increased diversity in Formula One.

Last year Hamilton hit out at the Formula One community over a lack of racial diversity amid the George Floyd protests.

The seven-time world champion - - the only black driver to ever race in the competition - said he felt isolated in trying to combat racial discrimination in a sporting discipline he described as 'white dominated'. 

In a post on Instagram, he said: 'I see those of you staying silent, some of you the biggest stars yet you stay in the midst of injustice.

'Not a sign from anybody in my industry which of course is a white dominated sport. I'm one of the only people of colour there yet I stand alone. I would have thought by now you would see why this happens and say something about it but you can't stand alongside us.

'Just know I know who you are and I see you.'

Last year, Hamilton established the Hamilton Commission with the Royal Academy of Engineering, which is attempting to help more young people from black backgrounds to be employed in motorsport or in other engineering sectors. 

Alongside his anti-racism campaigns, Hamilton is a well known social activist, championing fashionable causes including veganism.

Hamilton has frequently spoken about fighting racism and has pushed for more diversity in F1

Last year, Hamilton criticised the lack of racial diversity in his own sporting discipline on Instagram

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He finished runner-up of the championships in his debut season, losing by a point. The following year he won by the same margin. He has since scooped six championships - and is battling it out with Verstappen for a seventh.  

Hamilton has often talked about his background and experience in F1 - including the racial abuse he suffered even in karting as a young boy.

Hamilton's father, who had to remortgage his house and spend all his and his second wife's savings just to get his son into karting for a year, was also the victim of abuse. 

While Hamilton has won plenty of praise for sharing his experience, his comments have not always provoked a positive reaction.

He upset residents in his hometown of Stevenage by saying it had been his dream to 'get out of the slums' while collecting a BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2018.

The leader of Stevenage Borough Council at the time said it was 'disappointing' and people felt 'very offended'. 

He later apologised, saying: 'I wanted to take a second to send a message to people back in the UK, but also to people in Stevenage where I grew up. 

'It's somewhere I'm incredibly proud of coming from and still love to this day.' 

Lewis Hamilton said he will continue to race 'hard but fairly' after Max Verstappen accused the Briton of being dangerous, disrespectful and unsportsmanlike following their 190mph collision at the British Grand Prix.

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.

 Hamilton was dealt a 10-second penalty for the accident but went on to win British Grand Prix

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

Earlier, Verstappen tweeted: 'Glad I'm OK. 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.'

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.

'I will always race hard but always fairly. My team showed grit and perseverance out there. It's a dream to win in front of my home crowd.'

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.

Red Bull chief Christian Horner said Hamilton put Verstappen's life in danger at Silverstone

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

'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 think I am in a position to have to apologise for anything. We are out there racing.

'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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Analysis: What is the effect of Verstappen's crash on the title race?

GPblog.com 20 July, 2021 - 01:01pm

At first glance, there was very little structure left of Verstappen's car. Because Verstappen reached a very high speed during the crash, he hit the wall hard. The coming days will tell what the problems are for the driver. A blessing in disguise for Red Bull is that they don't have to be on the track this weekend, which gives them time to find out what the problems are.

However, Red Bull must fear damage that could cost them dearly. We saw this with George Russell and Valtteri Bottas going off the track together in Imola this season. At the time, the Finn's Mercedes was badly damaged and the German team had to pay €1.15 million to fix the problem. The result was that Mercedes had to hold back on updates.

Verstappen announced last month that he and Red Bull were expecting a few more updates this season, with which the Austrians hoped to increase their chances of winning the world title. However, if Verstappen's car has suffered major damage and Red Bull has to pay to fix it, it remains to be seen whether these updates can be carried out as the team cannot take the risk of getting into trouble with the budget cap. There seems to be less fear for the engine though, and Red Bull has only replaced the engine once this season, in France.

The frontrunner in the world championship will have to rely on the words of Toyoharu Tanabe. The Honda Racing technical director told the press after the British GP that the damage doesn't seem to be too bad at first sight. However, Red Bull's car will not be completely untouched, so Verstappen will have to hope that the race at Silverstone is not the turning point in his season, but instead another starting point for a great title fight with his big rival.

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OPINION: For what it's worth...

RACER 20 July, 2021 - 01:01pm

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Well that was quite the weekend at Silverstone, wasn’t it?

It had a bit of everything. A stunning one-lap performance, a new format with talking points and then the frankly inevitable collision between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, all in front of 140,000 fans.

I say ‘inevitable’ not just because an incident like that has looked likely all season, but based also on the Sprint and the first few corners on Sunday. Hamilton saw just how important track position was against Verstappen, because although Mercedes made a step forward at Silverstone, the two cars were so closely matched it was always going to be immensely difficult for one to overtake the other.

That had been proven when Verstappen got the jump off the line in the Sprint and Hamilton tried round the outside of Copse but had to yield, and then never seriously threatened again.

So Hamilton must have been rubbing his hands together with glee when the roles were reversed yesterday, and he got the better launch and he had the inside line for Turn 1. But Verstappen held firm round the outside in a move that brought them close to contact for the first time, and then Hamilton positioned his car on the outside of the following two corners to force Verstappen to defend the inside.

That meant a great run onto the Wellington Straight, and at this point they were clearly alongside each other but with Hamilton edging ahead, squeezing the Red Bull to the inside with just millimeters between them.

Before the race, Verstappen said he had nothing to lose. I wondered if he was serious given he is now the championship leader, and in the past he’s said he has nothing to lose when chasing Hamilton.

When that’s been the case, we’ve seen Lewis jump out of the way, like at Imola and Spain, so I wondered if Verstappen would take a similar approach. But he’s not been in this position before, and he made clear that he won’t be changing his style as he stood firm down the inside into Brooklands and forced Hamilton to back out.

We could have been talking about a controversial collision on numerous occasions before we got to Copse, such were the fine margins as each driver put it all on the line.

I don’t think any of this angered Hamilton. I think it just told him what Verstappen was likely to do. And based on that, Hamilton knew he needed the inside line to make a move stick. He got the exit out of Luffield he needed, slipstreamed behind the Red Bull, sold a dummy and just wedged a gap between car and wall on the run to Copse.

Verstappen has spent several seasons in the role of the hunter, but now that he’s leading the points and Hamilton’s the one trying to chase him down, both drivers are having to alter their approach. Glenn Dunbar/Motorsport Images

Perhaps Verstappen should have known Hamilton would do that, but perhaps not. Again, these two haven’t gone wheel-to-wheel in a fight like this where it looked so crucial to the race outcome since Max has had a comfortable lead, and there was a clear change in Hamilton’s approach. He needed to attack and give as good as he got, rather than play the long game.

‘Give as good as they get’ is what they’d both done up to that point, and to be honest I feel that’s what they both did heading into Copse. Hamilton got alongside at the very last second before turn-in, but with dirty tires and a very tight line into the corner. Verstappen had moved back to the left to give both a bit more space before turning in himself, because he knew that it was never ending well if they stayed up against the wall.

At that point, Hamilton couldn’t carry the speed he needed to in order to get through the corner and make the move stick cleanly, and started to back out. With Max committing to the outside line but not yielding either, it came just too late and left front of Mercedes met right rear of Red Bull.

It’s a penalty. One car wasn’t making the move cleanly and knew it, tried to bail out when the other didn’t and only just failed to do so. The contact wasn’t massive, but the consequence was. And that’s why I think the stewards just about got it right.

First lap or not, there was nobody ahead to distract Hamilton and Verstappen. They were racing each other in clear air, had (just) got through half the lap cleanly, and unless there’s a massive bottleneck you need to start holding drivers accountable at some stage otherwise the first lap will just be chaos.

A 10-second time penalty clearly indicates Hamilton was at fault, but rightly doesn’t take into account how it impacted the rest of his race. Whether he had a car capable of fighting back to win or had damage that eventually forced his retirement, you can’t make a penalty call based on what might happen next. The purpose of the penalty is simply to recognize his role in the incident and hurt his chances of getting the best possible result, whatever that may be.

For Verstappen, it was a huge accident and one that needs to remind everyone of the dangers involved. The car held up brilliantly, but his body was still subjected to 51G and that could be catastrophic regardless of how the car performs.

Max Verstappen emerged from his huge impact unharmed – and with a newfound clarity about what he can expect next time he’s wheel-to-wheel with his main title rival. Mark Sutton/Motorsport Images

But now, thankfully, we can say he’s fine. And he’s now also been reminded of how Hamilton will race him. He will be just as firm as the Red Bull driver when he needs to, and Verstappen will perhaps need to adopt a bit of Hamilton’s own previous approach and adjust his aggressiveness accordingly. For the first eight corners it was perfect, for the ninth… when he looks back at the season, he might wish he’d played it that bit safer knowing how it could end up.

Does that absolve Hamilton of blame for the incident? Not at all. But being right and having a crash or being wrong and having the chance to finish second at worst is a decision drivers have to weigh up all the time in a championship fight.

Where I will absolve Hamilton of blame is when it comes to his celebrations, because at the time he jumped out of his car he wasn’t aware that Verstappen had been taken to hospital. He’d asked if Max was alright after the crash and duly was told he was out of the car, but the team didn’t appear to provide him with an update and so he was understandably soaking up the moment after such a dramatic chase of Charles Leclerc in front of his home crowd.

Verstappen also didn’t know that Hamilton hadn’t been told, so he was fully entitled to call it disrespectful as he watched from hospital. I doubt he would retract that statement once he knew that either, because just like his with driving, he’s not one to change his stance.

But just because the penalty was right doesn’t make the whole incident bad. The increased tension between the two is an added factor in a fiercely competitive title battle, and it’s a fight that we’ve been waiting to see for so long.

The big flashpoints are the ones you remember – think Hamilton v Rosberg in Spain, Schumacher v Villeneuve in Jerez or Prost and Senna at Suzuka – and this has just become a massive chapter in this year’s rivalry that has the motorsport world talking, and then some. This fight now has it all.

But most importantly, whether you agree with me or not, there is absolutely no excuse for racist abuse towards Hamilton for his part in the controversy.

As emotional as some of the comments were from those both inside and outside the sport yesterday, there is a line that cannot be crossed.

I want to see more incidents and dramatic moments that fuel intense debate, and leave people more than likely angrily shouting at me how wrong they think I am – that’s good for the sport. But when it comes to racism, there is no debate to be had.

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Their rivalry had been fierce but just about respectful on track until Silverstone, but finally it boiled over in a fairly predictable manner, fueled by a festival atmosphere from a vocal British crowd and a new weekend format.

Before Silverstone we had seen the two go wheel-to-wheel at Imola, Portimao and Barcelona. Both have been very aggressive, but generally Verstappen had been the more aggressive of the two, particularly in Barcelona, lunging in on Hamilton in a risky first-corner move.

At Imola and Barcelona Verstappen came out on top, and again in Portimao, before Hamilton re-passed him and ushered him wide at Turn 3.

At the British Grand Prix we saw an aggression from Verstappen akin to his at the Barcelona start, but this time with a 33-point deficit in the championship, Hamilton couldn’t back out when Verstappen applied the pressure.

In previous events Hamilton had avoided the collision when Max had asked the question, but this time he gave Verstappen as good as he got, and possibly more, as we ended up with an iconic collision that will certainly be season defining.

We had the dress rehearsal on Saturday with the sprint race – Hamilton attacking Verstappen after the Dutchman took the lead at the start, but the Red Bull man covered the inside when it mattered and Hamilton couldn’t pass on Lap 1, and from there he didn’t get another sniff.

At the start of the Grand Prix on Sunday Lewis was out to make amends after losing pole position on the Saturday, buoyed by an exuberant crowd.

The intensity of the rivalry was obvious from the outset. They almost had their collision at Turn 1, then down the Wellington Straight into Brooklands, before finally they touched at Copse, and Max had a hefty impact into the wall.

This 2021 season is looking like the toughest championship battle Hamilton has been involved in since 2007, while Verstappen is up against a team that has dominated the sport like none before. Both were driving at Silverstone as if the opening lap was the last, such was the risk taking and aggression.

Hamilton did miss the apex, but not by a huge amount – he never took the apex kerb there all weekend as it unsettled his Mercedes, so he wouldn’t have been aiming for it on this ambitious pass either, even though later on he did on his understandably more cautious pass on Charles Leclerc.

No doubt it was a bold attempt from Hamilton on the inside, one that was incredibly risky, but it was also bold and risky for Verstappen to know the Mercedes was there on his inside and still turn in absolutely flat-out at one of the fastest corners on the calendar.

If you absolutely had to apportion blame, then maybe as Lewis missed the apex slightly you would say it was more him, but in the grand scheme of things this falls into the racing incident banner for me – a collision between two drivers who both refused to yield. What muddied the picture is the outcome.

I can understand the polarising opinions after the incident. The impact Max suffered was massive, with the effect on the championship almost equally large at this stage. The Red Bull management were understandably pushing for the harshest penalty possible for their main adversary in a race where they had basically nothing else going on, but the reality is the incident didn’t warrant it.

I’ve seen people try and compare this incident to controversial ones from Ayrton Senna in Suzuka, or Michael Schumacher in Jerez, but when the dust settles they must see that this is very different. This was undoubtedly a brave attempt from Hamilton but it wasn’t cynical.

The stewards deemed Hamilton more at fault, a consequence of his missed apex, and issued a 10 second penalty. While people can debate whether it was a racing incident or more Hamilton at fault, the reality is it was the harshest penalty Hamilton deserved for any offence he committed.

It’s easy to forget that he was very lucky to even remain in the race himself after contact at such a high-speed corner. Had he ended up in the wall as well, I think a racing incident would have been a more obvious decision, but clearly luck played its part for him to keep going, with the help of the subsequent red flag, and then win.

Moving forward this sets the tone for an even more entertaining and feisty season or more between the two championship rivals.

So far the teams have played a political war, with finger pointing to the FIA resulting in several regulation changes and clarifications on issues such as pit stops, tyre pressures and ‘flexi’ wings. The drivers had been toying with mind games earlier on, but remained respectful on track. That respect seems to be gone now, and I can only see this getting more needly from here on.

When Nico Rosberg and Hamilton first touched in their rivalry it was the start of a sequence of clashes and high tensions that remained until Rosberg’s retirement. Here, with different teams at play into the bargain, I fully expect even more fireworks moving forward.

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Masi supports Hamilton's punishment: "He could have gone further to the inside"

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"But the drivers have clearly said, as did the teams at the end of last year, that they felt the elbows went out a little too far last year and they needed to be tucked back in a little bit," said the Australian, who then specifically addressed the crash between Verstappen and Hamilton: "There were obviously two cars involved in the incident and all the drivers have said from the start of this year that if there are two cars involved, if there is someone who is predominantly or fully at fault, then that needs to be looked at a little bit more closely, even on the first lap."

Masi explains why the stewards decided to give Hamilton a penalty:"I think after looking at everything, they felt that he was the main culprit for that. Most of it was similar to what happened later with Charles, that he could have entered closer to the apex for example. And there they felt that, I think the wording was very clear under the rules, that he was the main culprit. He wasn't entirely to blame, but he was the main culprit, and that he could have gone further in."

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"He no longer needs to call us anymore"– Jos Verstappen declares fallout with Toto Wolff | The SportsRush

The Sportsrush 20 July, 2021 - 04:58am

Jos Verstappen has been furious with Lewis Hamilton and his team for causing a 51g crash on his son Max Verstappen, which could have gone fatal.

The former Formula 1 driver has entirely blamed Hamilton for the crash and asked for stricter action. Both Jos and Max Verstappen spent a night in a motel at Silverstone before returning to Monaco the next day.

“Max is doing well so far. He’s ok,” Jos Verstappen told f1-insider.com. “But it was an extremely hard impact. Max was winded. That’s why he didn’t want to say anything at the beginning in order to catch his breath.”

“It was Max’s corner. Lewis accepted a collision in a very fast and therefore dangerous corner,” he said. Meanwhile, Verstappen SNR. is furious with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff and asked him never to call again.

“You don’t celebrate a victory with such euphoria when your colleague is still in the hospital,” Verstappen snr charged. “As for Toto Wolff, we had good contact for years. He kept calling us with a honey-mouth and I think everyone knows why. But he didn’t call yesterday.”

“He no longer needs to call us anymore,” Jos concluded.

Meanwhile, Red Bull is not willing to let Hamilton go so easily from the hook and have demanded a re-appeal, which they will be allowed. But FIA race director Michael Masi seemed to make his mind.

According to Masi, the collision instead of the consequence was analyzed before ending up on the 10-second penalty; meanwhile, most of the grid has also classified it as a racing incident without intentions.

So, it doesn’t seem Red Bull could obtain much out of this case.

“They will be even more determined not to lift off the throttle the next time”–…

Brawn hopes Verstappen and Hamilton avoid another clash

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Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 and Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing on the grid. Steiermark Grand Prix, Sunday 27th June 2021. Spielberg, Austria. FIA Pool Image for Editorial Use Only

Formula 1’s Director of Motorsports Ross Brawn says he hopes the title protagonists keep their battles cleaner across the rest of 2021, following their clash at Silverstone.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have raced wheel-to-wheel at several grands prix so far this year but at Silverstone came to blows on the opening lap.

Verstappen suffered a sizeable impact, and was taken to hospital for precautionary checks, while Hamilton was handed a penalty but went on to claim victory.

Brawn outlined his desire for the duo to keep the battle clean across the remaining half of the season.

“It was a massive relief to see Max climb out of the car and walk away before he went to hospital for precautionary checks,” said Brawn.

“As is always the case in these matters, there will be a wide range of opinions on the rights and wrongs.

“What is clear is that we were robbed of a thrilling battle and nobody wants the championship decided on crashes and penalties, and, as in this case, there is a serious risk to either driver. 

“It is something both drivers will reflect on. I hope we can avoid those incidents in the future because I think we were denied a fantastic battle.

“They raced each other hard for half a lap, and it was thrilling. Imagine how dramatic the Grand Prix would have been if that had been the race.”

The result enabled Hamilton to move to within eight points of Verstappen in the standings.

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