Lewis Hamilton aims angry outburst at Max Verstappen after British Grand Prix crash
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Lewis Hamilton has called out Max Verstappen for being too “aggressive” after the Red Bull driver came off worst as the pair made contact at the British Grand Prix. Neither Verstappen or Hamilton were giving much away in their duel through the first few corners of the British Grand Prix on Sunday.
They came close to touching on a few occasions, but they eventually made contact coming into Copse as Hamilton attempted to dive up the inside.
Verstappen had his rear-right tyre clipped by the seven-time world champion, sending the Dutchman flying into the tyre wall at high speed.
He was able to walk away from the collision after receiving medical attention and was then taken to hospital.
Hamilton avoided serious damage as he was able to continue after the restart, but trailed Charles Leclerc and was handed a 10-second penalty for causing a collision with Verstappen.
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The Mercedes car was unable to get past Leclerc on the medium compound, but the switch to the hards saw Hamilton quickly close in on the front of the grid before taking the lead with two laps remaining.
Hamilton celebrated wildly after returning to the paddock, jumping over the barriers to wave the British flag infront of the 140,000 fans packed into Silverstone.
But speaking after the race, Hamilton admitted that he felt a “lot of anger” after his collision with Verstappen.
“A lot of anger after the shunt with Max,” he said.
“I just don’t feel like he needs to be as aggressive as he is.
“We’re going to turn six and he’s bumping wheels with me.
“It’s cool because there’s footage of old Formula One great drivers bumping wheels on a straight and I’m sure it looks cool and everything, but I tried to give him space.
“I was quite a long way up the inside into turn nine and none of us backed out and that was the end result.
“I took the penalty of course. It’s never one person’s fault. It’s always a balance of the two.”
He added: “Of course I would love for us to race and for us to leave one another space – and there is plenty of space on the track.
“I managed for a long time without colliding with someone, but when someone’s just too aggressive, these things are bound to happen.
“There’s not a single driver here that doesn’t know how aggressive a driver can be.
“I hope he’s okay because ofcourse I would love to have a wheel-to-wheel battle through the race. I enjoy racing with him and I’m looking forward but I will never back down from anyone and I won’t be bullied into being less aggressive.”
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