Lewis Hamilton won British GP despite 10s penalty for Max Verstappen collision; And in first update after hospital checks, Verstappen says penalty “doesn’t do justice to the dangerous move Lewis made on track.” Max also unhappy with Hamilton’s “unsportsmanlike” celebrations
By Matt Morlidge
Last Updated: 18/07/21 8:00pm
Max Verstappen says he’s “OK” following his scary high-speed collision with Lewis Hamilton at the British GP, but has criticised his title rival for his “dangerous move” and his “disrespectful” celebrations after winning the race.
Verstappen was shunted into the barriers after a collision with Hamilton at the 180mph Copse corner on the opening lap of Sunday’s dramatic Grand Prix, as the Mercedes driver attempted a pass for the lead up the inside.
While Verstappen’s race was ended, Hamilton went on to claim an eighth Silverstone victory despite his 10-second penalty from race stewards. Afterwards, he celebrated in front of the capacity home crowd with a Union Jack flag.
In his first update after the crash, Verstappen – who limped away from his car before being taken to the Medical Centre and hospital for precautionary checks – took aim at Hamilton’s on and off-track conduct.
“First of all: I am glad I’m OK,” Verstappen posted on social media. “It was quite an impact at 51G but feeling better.
“Obviously very disappointed with being taken out like this. The penalty given does not help us in any way and doesn’t do justice to the dangerous move Lewis made on track.
“Watching the celebrations after the race while still in hospital is disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behaviour but we move on.”
Hamilton, whose post-race celebrations were similar to his usual at Silverstone, said he was not aware that Verstappen was in hospital.
In an interview with Sky F1 before Verstappen posted his message, Hamilton, when told of the news, stated “I didn’t know that. I hope he’s OK.
“Of course I would love to have a wheel-to-wheel battle with him for the whole race.”
By overtaking Lando Norris, Valtteri Bottas and, in the closing stages, Charles Leclerc on his way to a dramatic come-from-behind win, Hamilton cut Verstappen’s championship lead to just eight points on Sunday.
The next race is the Hungarian GP, the last before the summer break, where an ignited Hamilton-Verstappen rivalry will resume.
More to follow…