According to World Touring Car star and ViaPlay F1 pundit Tom Coronel, Max Verstappen sent a secret text about Lewis Hamilton shortly after his high-speed crash at last season’s British Grand Prix. Verstappen apparently sent the message en route to the hospital following the 180mph crash at Copse Corner. There was much debate as to whether the serious collision was Verstappen’s fault or Hamilton’s fault as the pair went wheel to wheel.
Coronel texted Verstappen to ask if he was okay after the severe shunt and claims the Red Bull star texted him just three minutes later. His reply, which Express Sport shared in an exclusive interview, came in at 4.18pm UK time, just over an hour after his car crashed into the barrier.
It read: “Can’t handle the pressure that guy hahaha. Don’t worry Tommy we will beat him this year.” Of the news, Coronel said: “I WhatsApped Max when he was on his way from Silverstone to the hospital.
“I’m telling you, he never complained about being thrown out, ever. He just said Tommy don’t worry we’ll get him.”
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The Mercedes touched Verstappen’s right rear tire, tore it off and sent the Dutchman onto the crash barriers. The incident was recorded at 51Gs, where Verstappen was taken to hospital for a check-up.
Meanwhile, Hamilton was able to keep going and eventually won the race by scoring 25 points against his championship rival. At the time, Hamilton said he was “concerned” about Verstappen but refused to apologize for his part in the incident.
The Brit added: “I don’t think I have to apologize for anything, we’re racing out there.”
Coronel spoke as part of the launch of Discovery’s new Recast service for coverage of the World Touring Car Cup. Coronel will create exclusive content for the channel, allowing fans to follow every race of this year’s WTCR Series.