Wolff "ready" for Senna-Prost F1 title fight repeat with Hamilton and Verstappen


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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

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Senna and Prost is the F1 rivalry regarded by many to have been the most ferocious in the sport's history.

While team-mates at McLaren, the duo crashed into one another in a championship-deciding incident at Suzuka in 1989, sparking Prost's move to Ferrari, and a further title-determining clash at the same track a year later.

After Hamilton's incident with Verstappen at the British Grand Prix, Wolff said of his eagerness for a similar fight: “Yeah. I am ready. Let’s go for this.

“This championship was always very intense because we are fighting with everything we have in order to hold on to it whilst knowing that we are not performing as well as Red Bull and Honda.

“Therefore, we have had big points losses in the past and here we scored big points so that is always balancing itself out.”

Despite being handed a 10-second penalty by the stewards for the incident, Hamilton went on to clinch a record-extending eighth home victory.

Wolff, though, refused to take the bait. “Everybody has an opinion and that is okay," added Wolff. "Of course, everybody, every team, will have a certain bias towards incidents like that.”

Horner jumped on the radio soon after the crash and made clear to FIA race director Michael Masi what he thought of the incident, believing it required a heavy penalty.

In response, Wolff said he had sent Masi an email, highlighting the regulations.

Masi declared himself too busy to have opened it and urged Wolff to make clear his feelings to the stewards instead.

Regarding his visit, and making a clear reference to Horner's radio remarks to Masi, Wolff said: “I was told that there was a rant on the radio about all the badness in the world, then I went up and gave my opinion.

“I think it is fair enough. I have been to the stewards many times in my life.”

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Marko reckons Hamilton deserves race suspension – Motorsport Week

Motorsport Week 19 July, 2021 - 06:01am

Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 battle for the lead at the start of the race. 18.07.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, British Grand Prix, Silverstone, England, Race Day. - www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB Images

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko believes the incident between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen was worthy of a race suspension for the Mercedes driver.

Hamilton and Verstappen collided on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix after the Briton attempted to overtake on the inside at Copse – one of the fastest corners on the Formula 1 calendar.

Hamilton’s front-wing touched Verstappen’s rear tyre, pitching the Dutchman into a spin, with sensors recording a 51G collision for Verstappen.

The FIA handed Hamilton a ten-second time penalty for causing a collision, but Marko believes a traditional penalty isn’t harsh enough when the severity of the impact is taken into account, believing a race suspension should be handed down.

“You can’t do that [penalise Hamilton] within the normal sporting code,” Marko told Sky Germany. “I don’t know what the maximum penalty is, but such dangerous and reckless behaviour should be punished with a suspension or something.”

According to Marko, the clash can’t be considered a normal incident because of where it happened on the circuit.

“If a competitor massively touches our rear wheel with his front wheel, then that’s no longer a racing accident in the fastest corner of the circuit. That is negligent to dangerous behaviour.

“Then they are all blind,” he replied when told Mercedes blamed Verstappen. “The replays showed that quite clearly. He went into our right rear wheel with his left front wheel and sent Verstappen into the barrier.”

Hamilton went on to pass Lando Norris and race leader Charles Leclerc successfully at the same corner, to go on to claim an eighth British GP win.

Red Bull should stop bullying the other teams.Sign of a poor loser.Verstappen is an aggressive driver when you play with the big boys you should expect the odd punch back.

Aurea Burns, so you praise Hamilton for what he did? He’s a professional racer and there could be only one outcome to what he did. He’s not a dumb rookie.

The stewards didn’t even inflict a ten-second stop-go, which wouldn’t have been strong enough in any case, their response was utterly pathetic. Hamilton should have been black-flagged from the race and suspended from at least one more in addition.

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Hamilton racially abused on social media over British GP win

Yahoo Singapore News 19 July, 2021 - 03:55am

The seven-time world champion was involved early on in an incident that saw championship leader Max Verstappen plough his Red Bull into a wall and out of the race.

Hamilton 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.

"During, and after, yesterday’s British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was subjected to multiple instances of racist abuse on social media following an in-race collision," they said in a joint statement condemning the behaviour "in the strongest possible terms".

"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."

Verstappen, who was taken to hospital for checks after the race, later accused Hamilton of "disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behaviour".

A public supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, Hamilton gave his support a week ago to the England footballers Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho who were also abused after they missed penalties in the Euro 2020 final.

"I hope this opens a conversation around acceptance," he wrote on Instagram at the time.

"We must work towards a society that doesn't require Black players to prove their value or place in society only through victory."

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Windsor disagrees with penalty: 'They can go through that corner'

GPblog 19 July, 2021 - 12:56am

Windsor doesn't quite agree with Hamilton's findings: "Lewis said that Max is a really aggressive driver. But Lewis, I'm sorry, I'm not being critical here, but you are the ultimate aggressive driver. After where you've come from and where you are now, to be that aggressive and that competitive is just amazing."

In the end, Hamilton received a ten-second time penalty, something Windsor disagrees with. "I don't think Lewis should have got a penalty there. We just had this stunning opening lap. The point is that two cars can go into there. Maybe Max should have gone a bit wide then, but they can go through together."

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