Max Verstappen labels Lewis Hamilton 'disrespectful' for post-race celebrations


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Why is Verstappen out?

SILVERSTONE, England, July 18 (Reuters) - Red Bull's Formula One world championship leader Max Verstappen crashed out of the British Grand Prix on Sunday after colliding with Mercedes title rival Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap, with the race temporarily halted. ReutersHamilton penalised for Verstappen's race-ending crash

Did Hamilton get penalty?

The stewards awarded Hamilton a ten second time penalty, as well as two penalty points. "The Stewards reviewed video and telemetry evidence," said the statement from the stewards. "Cars 33 [Verstappen] and 44 [Hamilton] entered Turn 9 with Car 33 in the lead and Car 44 slightly behind and on the inside. racingnews365.comStewards give Hamilton penalty points for Verstappen clash

Is Max Verstappen out of hospital?

Max Verstappen has been released from hospital after being given the all-clear following his crash in the British GP in a collision with Lewis Hamilton. Sky SportsMax Verstappen released from hospital after checks in wake of high-speed Lewis Hamilton collision

What did Verstappen say about Hamilton?

Max Verstappen says he's "OK" following his scary high-speed collision with Lewis Hamilton at the British GP, but has criticised his title rival for a "dangerous move" and "disrespectful" celebrations after winning the race. Sky SportsBritish GP: Max Verstappen blasts 'dangerous' Lewis Hamilton move and 'disrespectful' celebrations

Max Verstappen said championship rival Lewis Hamilton's move at the British Grand Prix was dangerous and that the Mercedes driver's post-race victory celebrations were disrespectful.

Hamilton clipped Verstappen as the pair fought for the lead at Copse Corner on the opening lap. Hamilton was given a ten-second penalty but still won the race to cut Verstappen's championship lead from 33 to seven points, claiming his eighth British Grand Prix victory.

Verstappen went to the FIA medical facility and then to hospital for precautionary tweets but was unhurt in the incident.

Several hours after the race Verstappen criticised Hamilton for the move and his exuberant celebrations with the Silverstone fans following his victory, which he watched while still at hospital.

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 behavior but we move on".

After the race, Red Bull boss Christian Horner labelled Hamilton an "amateur" for the move, saying it had put Verstappen's safety in jeopardy.

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As the Dutchman climbed from his car, the race was red flagged with Hamilton running in second place, behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc who took the lead amid the drama.

The incident occurred at the fearsome Copse Corner – Turn 9 – after polesitter Verstappen had beaten Hamilton off the line and then repelled several attacks. But approaching the flat-out right hander, Hamilton pulled alongside Verstappen and as they rounded the corner the Mercedes – on the inside – tagged the rear of the Red Bull, sending it through the gravel on a collision course with the tyre barriers.

The incident was quickly referred to the stewards to investigate, with Red Bull and Mercedes understandably at odds about whether Hamilton should be penalised. Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner was quick to insist to FIA Race Director Michael Masi that “full blames lies with Hamilton”, while Mercedes boss Toto Wolff made a bee-line to speak to the stewards in person.

With Verstappen leading Hamilton by 33 points heading into the race, but now set to score none, the outcome of the stewards' inquiry will be all important.

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'Verstappen didn't leave me any space', insists Hamilton 19 July, 2021 - 12:00am

Lewis Hamilton said that Max Verstappen was 'very aggressive' in the opening lap of today's British Grand Prix and left him no space at Copse, which resulted in their dramatic collision.

Verstappen was sent off into the gravel and into a heavy impact with the tyre barrier that put him out of the race. Hamilton survived the encounter but was handed a ten second penalty by the race stewards for causing the collision.

That didn't go down well with the Red Bull camp who felt that Hamilton should have received a more severe sanction - even a suspension - but Hamilton insisted that the collision hadn't been entirely his fault.

"Of course I always try to be measured in my approach, particularly when battling with Max," Hamilton told the media in parc ferme after the end of the race. "He is very aggressive.

"I was fully alongside him and he didn't leave me any space," he continued.

"But regardless of whether I agree with the penalty, I take it on the chin and I just kept working," he added. "I wasn't going to let anything get in my way."

The FIA race stewards subsequently explained that Hamilton could have done more to avoid the incident, as he had room on the inside of Copse to avoid a collision, and found Hamilton "predominantly at fault" for the collision.

Hamilton has also received two penalty points on his F1 superlicence. That takes him to a total of four penalty points for the last 12 months, a long way short of the amount needed to trigger the automatic one race ban sought by Red Bull.

Although he dropped back to fifth place after serving his penalty, Hamilton went on to recover the lost positions, catching and passing longtime race leader Charles Leclerc with three laps to go.

Victory on the day - with Verstappen not adding to the three points he picked up for winning Saturday's sprint qualifying race - means that Hamilton is now within eight points of his rival in the drivers standings.

"This is a dream for me today to do this in front of you all," he told the cheering home fans in the packed grandstands. "Massively overwhelming, it was physically such a difficult race.

"I have been giving my all this past week in the factory, giving is absolutely everything trying to uncover performance in this car," he added.

Hamilton also thanked his team mate Valtteri Bottas, who accepted team orders to 'invert' the positions of the two cars at a crucial stage of the race.

"I couldn't have done it without the great team work from Valtteri and the amazing effort from the team," Hamilton acknowledged.

With Bottas picking up third place behind Leclerc, and neither Red Bull driver finishing in the points, Mercedes has slashed their rivals' advantage in the constructors standings to just four points after ten rounds of the 2021 season.

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Hamilton on Verstappen crash: 'I don't have to apologise'

Motorsport Week 19 July, 2021 - 12:00am

Lewis Hamilton denies that he needs to apologise to Max Verstappen following their clash on the opening lap of Sunday’s British Grand Prix.

On the way into Copse corner, Hamilton attempted to overtake his title rival for the lead – but contact was made, which eliminated Verstappen in a high-speed clash with the barrier.

Hamilton received a 10-second time penalty for the incident, as well as two penalty points on his super licence.

The Mercedes driver went on to win the race, with Verstappen labelling the post-grand prix celebrations as “disrespectful and unsportsmanlike”.

However, Hamilton says that while he was concerned that Verstappen was taken to hospital for precautionary checks, he doesn’t think there is reason to apologise.

“I don’t think I’m in the position to have to apologise for anything, we’re out there racing,” Hamilton said.

“I heard Max is in hospital and that definitely concerns me. None of us ever want any of us to ever get injured, that’s never my intention, so I really hope he’s OK.

“I’ll hit him up after this just to check he’s okay, and we live to fight another day. There’ll be a lot of tough races coming up and we have to learn to strike a decent balance.

“I don’t agree with the stewards but I take my penalty on the chin and get on with my job.

“I’m not going to whine about it, everyone’s going to have a different opinion, I don’t really care what people think. I do what I do and am really grateful for today.”

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner stated after the race that it was a “hallow victory” for Hamilton, however the seven-time world champion disagrees.

“It doesn’t feel hollow,” Hamilton said. “There’s 2000 people that work incredibly hard in my team, it’s not just about me naturally, of course this is not the way I want anything to happen in the race.

“I think it’s important for all of us to take a step back. I’m sure emotions are running high there, I know what it is like to lose points within a team and be in that position so I don’t feel any way about it.”

Hamilton is a dirty bastard. He is an out and out cheat and the penalty he received was grossly insufficient. The start of today’s race was almost a replay of Monza 2018 when Hamilton tapped Vettel’s rear left with his front right at turn one, but failed to spin him out so went back in at La Roggia chicane and hit Vettel’s car even harder, sending him spinning off the track. Countless times he has foced opponents off the track far more brutally than did Norris and Perez when they received penalties in Austria, yet he repeatedly gerts away with it. Helmut Marko is correct. He should be stripped of the win and banned from at least one race as punishment for his deliberate ramming of Verstappen. He could have killed Verstappen, and wouldn’t have been in the slightest concerned if he had. Leclerc had to jump out of the way in fear for his life at the same corner. Hamilton is a dirty and dangerous driver and needs, however belatedly, to be given punishment which reflects that fact.

That’s a feeble attempt to try and justify what was a pre-meditated and dangerous piece of dirty driving, designed to put an opponent out of the race with no care whatsoever for what the consequences could be from the resulting crash.

Adrian If you believe Hamilton’s words that he was ahead and in the right to take the line he did then you concede Verstappen was in the right to hold the line he did when Hamilton had to back out. I’m not usually one to comment but your arguement seems to fight itself here…

You can’t call it a racing incident when the.line Hamilton was on took him straight through the apex, he did turn the wheel until he was through turn. Watch the replay Hamilton could not make the turn and it is obvious that he stuck.his nose in knowing he could not make the turn. The angle he was taking would put him through the turn and on the outside of the corner before he could finish his turn. Hamilton was desperate for a win, and if he were the one in the hospital he would have raised hell. He is a bit spoiled, did you see that servant of his was following him with a blower to help keep the poor baby cool. I hope his umbrella protected the poor thing from the hot sun.

Hi Robert, I think they punished him didn’t they?

Crashstappen is the dirty driver and Horner loves to talk on the telley each race about something.

You shouldn’t be able to post when you call people names you racist P___K.

As Hamilton said “I don’t agree with the stewards” “I don’t really care what people think.” ” I do what I do and am really grateful for today.” Those comments say a lot about Hamilton. Dami is right.

Watch Senna on Prost at Suzuka if you want to see a true psychopath in a F1 race.

MV has to learn the hard way, it seems. hHe´s run very close to the edge many times and once in a while it goes pear-shaped. Max also had choices in the situation, didn´t have to claim the line and would then have 70 something laps to regain the lead.

This was racing, No-one wants to see big accidents, but honestly….the lady doth protest too much

It appears the Lady (you) still protests. I bet you have a poster of Hamilton in a speedo on your wall.

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Horner continues criticism of ‘desperate amateur’ Hamilton

Motorsport Week 18 July, 2021 - 06:31pm

Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal in the FIA Press Conference. British Grand Prix, Friday 16th July 2021. Silverstone, England. FIA Pool Image for Editorial Use Only

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner redoubled his criticism of Lewis Hamilton after his collision with Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix.

Hamilton and Verstappen came to blows on the opening lap at Silverstone through Copse corner as they contested the lead of the race.

Verstappen suffered a sizeable impact, measured at 51G, and was taken to hospital for checks as a precaution.

Hamilton was handed a 10-second time penalty, having been deemed predominantly to blame, and he recovered from fourth to claim victory at Silverstone for a record eighth time.

Horner heaped criticism on Hamilton in the immediate aftermath of the contact and continued to hit out at the Mercedes driver when speaking with written media after the race.

“If you look at the overhead he’s run wide into the corner,” said Horner.

“He’s carried too much speed. That move was never on. Lewis is a world champion of seven titles. That was an amateur’s mistake and a desperate mistake.

“I can’t see how Lewis can take any satisfaction from a win when he’s put his fellow driver in hospital.

“It’s disappointing, it’s extremely annoying. His actions have put in jeopardy another driver’s safety and for me that’s unacceptable.

“[He was] lucky not to have the same crash with [Charles] Leclerc – if Leclerc hadn’t run wide and taken the line he’s entitled to then the same incident would have prevailed.”

Horner added that Verstappen has “been through all the precautionary scans and retained consciousness at all times.

“He is battered, he is bruised, it is the biggest accident of his career, a 51g incident.

“I’m just grateful that it is not worse than that, that he was able to get out of the car and walk away as it was an enormous accident.”

Horner is bang on. Hamilton is a dirty driver and Red Bull should pursue this until proper punishment is administered.

Shame on you Hamilton! That was a novice move that could have been Fatal. BTW, Mercedes should reimburse Red Bull $1.5MM for the damaged car.

Hamilton is now at all-time desperate low. He is a really poor loser and in general has made F1 very unpleasant to watch. The sooner he retires, the sooner F1 can become enjoyable to watch again. It’s a shame McLaren never made much of an to retain him for 2013 when his career was already fizzing out, or he probably would have retired by the end of 2015, and definitely would have never won a race or championship again. If I were Russell, I would be running away screaming from Mercedes, because mark my words – if he goes there and has Hamilton as his teammate, Hamilton will try to sabotage his career.

These F1 cars are so fragile in some ways. They’re technological wonders so long as they operate in their optimum environment, but even a minor tap from another car can totally disturb them. We’ve seen bumps result in no damage at all to total destruction like today. This was a racing incident between the two best drivers of the past ten or more years, with the champ holding steady while the challenger danced around him.

Hamilton has to show he’s still in the game, still the champ. Remember Rosberg saying he beat Hamilton by getting into his head, not by outdriving him? Hamilton has to defend against that. Today he succeeded and, instead, got into Verstappen’s head.

Neither of them are angels and have form. All up, its making for a spicy 2nd half to the championship!

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