Verstappen SLAMS 'disrespectful' Hamilton after British GP crash
Raging Max Verstappen slams ‘disrespectful and unsportsmanlike’ Lewis Hamilton for celebrating British GP win while he was in hospital… and insists first-lap crash at Silverstone was the Brit’s fault and that ‘justice’ wasn’t served by penalty
- The pair were vying for the lead in a thrilling start to the race before the crash
- Lewis Hamilton clipped Max Verstappen to send the Dutchman crashing out
- The stewards deemed that the seven-time world champion was to blame
- However, the Mercedes driver composed himself to take the win at Silverstone
- Verstappen then took to Twitter to vent about Hamilton’s victory celebrations
- Hamilton’s victory means he has cut the gap to his fierce rival to seven points
Max Verstappen took a swipe at title rival Lewis Hamilton from hospital, describing his celebrations after winning the British Grand Prix as ‘disrespectful’ and ‘unsportsmanlike’.
Verstappen, who went into Sunday’s race at Silverstone 33 points ahead in the title race, started pole but by Turn 9 on the opening lap here he was out of the race, clipped by Hamilton on his rear right tyre and sent into the tyre wall at 180mph.
Checks by on-site medics resulted in Verstappen being referred to a nearby hospital where he watched a feed of the race in which Hamilton claimed victory from Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc two laps before the chequered flag.
Max Verstappen has angrily hit out at Lewis Hamilton after their first-lap crash at Silverstone
Hamilton went on to win the British Grand Prix and cut the Dutchman’s lead to seven points
‘Glad I’m OK,’ the Dutchman 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.’
Hamilton was given a 10-second time penalty as stewards determined he was to blame for the incident as he came down the inside line at Copse Corner.
The Mercedes star, who cut the championship points gap to seven with victory, was labelled ‘amateur’ and ‘desperate’ by Red Bull boss Christian Horner.
Asked whether he felt guilty for Verstappen’s plight, Hamilton was dismissive of the blame landing at his door.
‘That isn’t the way I ever want to win a race or to race but these things happen,’ he said. ‘As Charles (Leclerc) said, this is a racing incident.
Hamilton indicated that Verstappen was to blame for the Red Bull driver’s race ending early
‘Everyone will have a different opinion but I don’t really care what people think.
‘Rarely an incident is 100 per cent someone’s fault, usually it’s a mixture. There are things we can both learn.
‘Max is probably the most aggressive driver here, just my personal opinion. He does a great job, of course, but I think we have to really try and find the best balance with space and respect between one another. Then we can continue racing without colliding.’
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