Lewis Hamilton’s father breaks silence on controversial Max Verstappen crash at British GP
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Lewis Hamilton’s father has defended his son after his crash with Max Verstappen on the opening lap at the British Grand Prix. Anthony Hamilton believes it was a racing incident and the reaction from Red Bull has been far too extreme.
Hamilton went on to win at Silverstone to cut Verstappen’s lead in the driver’s championship to just eight points.
The 36-year-old is looking to become an eight-time world champion and surpass Michael Schumacher.
Sky Sports’ pit lane reporter Ted Kravitz interviewed Hamilton’s father on his notebook show in which he gave a blunt verdict on the incident.
He said: “At the end of the day, it’s a racing incident and 99 times out of 100 it’s a race incident.
“What do you want then? Drivers lining up neatly on the straight and then taking it easy. This is a race.”
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Lewis’ father went on to say the most important thing was the sheer amount of fans in attendance at Silverstone given the global pandemic.
He added: “The most important thing about this weekend, other than hopefully that Max is well, is that the fans were presented with a phenomenal race and that’s what we should be talking about.
“That’s the most important thing, without the fans we don’t have a race.”
Hamilton doesn’t think his son has any issues with Verstappen at all but it is natural for incidents to happen when the two are fighting for the driver’s championship.
He said: “I don’t think it’s anywhere near that. Both those guys get on the grid to have a good race, sometimes it doesn’t go as expected, but that’s just racing.
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“Lewis isn’t sitting at home thinking I’m going to do this or that… It’s just part of racing.”
Red Bull chief Christian Horner was furious with Hamilton for the crash which left Verstappen out of the race.
He said: “His actions have left in jeopardy another driver’s safety and for me that is unacceptable.
“You don’t put a wheel up the inside without there being huge consequences. We are just lucky today that there wasn’t someone seriously hurt.
“Every grand prix driver knows that a move at that corner – one of the fastest in Formula One – is a massive, massive risk.
“What I am most angry about is just the lack of judgment, and the desperation in this move. It was never on.
“Lewis is a world champion that has won seven titles. It is an amateur’s mistake and a desperate mistake. Max is battered and bruised. It is the biggest accident of his career.”
F1 returns on Sunday, August 1 with the Hungarian Grand Prix as Hamilton looks to leapfrog Verstappen in the championship.
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