Great Britain Grand Prix: Max Verstappen describes Lewis Hamilton as “disrespectful” and “unsporting”
Hamilton and Verstappen fought wheel to wheel from the start of the race
Max Verstappen accused Lewis Hamilton of being “disrespectful” and “unsporting” after the collision at the British Grand Prix.
The Red Bull driver was taken to hospital for precautionary checks after suffering a 51G impact in the first lap crash.
“Very disappointed to be taken out like this,” said Verstappen.
“To see the festivities in the hospital is disrespectful and unsportsmanlike … but we continue.”
Verstappen later confirmed that he was discharged from the hospital.
The 23 year old Dutchman posted a picture of himself with his father Jos at Coventry Hospital next to the caption: “Discharged from the hospital after all controls were in order. Thank you everyone for all the nice news and best wishes.”
A Red Bull statement added: “We are happy to announce that Max was released from the hospital at 10:00 pm [BST] tonight after a thorough medical examination without major injuries. “
Hamilton received a 10-second penalty for the incident that pushed him back to fourth after his pit stop, but the Brit fought his way back to overtake Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to win a dramatic race.
Verstappen said in his previous Twitter post: “The sentence imposed is not helping us and does not do justice to the dangerous step Lewis took along the way.”
Hamilton said after the race: “I was quite far from him, but I could see that he wasn’t going to back away. But then we went into the corner and collided.
“Of course I never want to win a race like that or just race, but things like that happen.”
In one Tweet posted later on Sunday, Hamilton added: “Today is a reminder of the dangers in the sport. I send my best wishes to Max who is an incredible competitor. I am glad to hear that he is fine. I will always ride hard but always fair . “
The incident took place on the Copse corner, which is driven at 190 mph in a Formula 1 car. Hamilton overtook two other drivers there during the race, including the move that claimed Leclerc’s lead.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said Hamilton’s move was “an amateur mistake, a desperate mistake,” adding: “It’s disappointing and annoying; his actions have put another driver’s safety at risk.”
Horner added, “Taking a passenger to the hospital and writing off a car and getting a low penalty and winning a Grand Prix doesn’t feel like a huge penalty.
“To put a wheel up on the inside of the Copse corner, one of the fastest corners ever, has only one consequence.
“We’re just lucky someone wasn’t seriously injured. Luckily we got away with it.”
And Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko said: “Such dangerous and reckless behavior should be punished with a ban or something.”
But Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff replied: “It’s a situation we’ve all seen in the past when great drivers race together. If no one is willing to give in, situations like this can happen. But tango takes two. ” “
The British Grand Prix stewards ruled that Hamilton was “mostly at fault”. They said Hamilton went into the corner “slightly behind and in” and said he was “on a line that didn’t reach the top of the corner with space in”.
Hamilton, who won the British Grand Prix for the eighth time and was eight points behind Verstappen in the current drivers’ standings, did not want to comment on Horner’s criticism.
But he said, “It’s important that we all take a step back. I’m sure the emotions go up there and I know what it’s like to lose points and be in that position.”
Hamilton also denied claims that he should apologize for the incident as part of a punishment.
“I don’t think I have to apologize for anything,” added the seven-time world champion. “We’re out there in the race.
“There will be a lot of tough races ahead of us. We have to learn to find a sensible balance.
“I disagree with the stewards, but I’ll take the punishment on my chin and get on with my job. Everyone will have a different opinion and I don’t care what people think, I just do what I do.” . “