Red Bull ‘still disappointed’ with Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton over Max Verstappen crash
Hamilton takes stunning win after crash with Max Verstappen
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Red Bull boss Christian Horner has once again voiced his anger about how Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton conducted themselves after winning the British Grand Prix. The Brit was involved in a collision on the opening lap which sent Max Verstappen into the barriers and then to hospital as he raced to a famous victory.
Stakes were high at Silverstone as Hamilton needed to close the gap on Verstappen, who led the Drivers’ Championship by 32 points at the start of the afternoon.
Racing with urgency to pass the Dutchman early on, the Mercedes man committed to an audacious pass at Copse which caused the title challenging pair to come wheel-to-wheel.
Verstappen was subsequently sent careering into the tyre wall, hopes of victory dashed, severely winded and then sent off to hospital.
Race officials decided that the coming-together was primarily Hamilton’s fault, handing the seven-time world champion a 10-second penalty which saw him drop down to fifth place.
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The 36-year-old then mounted a monumental comeback, passing Charles Leclerc in the closing stages to extend his record to eight British Grand Prix victories.
Horner said in his Red Bull column: “I am also still disappointed about the level of celebrations enjoyed in the wake of the accident.
“The Mercedes team were aware of the gravity of the crash with Max widely reported as having been hospitalised and requiring further checks.
“It is unimaginable not to inform your driver of the situation, moreover, to protect your driver in case they do not show the necessary restraint in celebrating, particularly when it was as a result of an incident he was penalised for.”
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Verstappen himself concurred with his team boss, taking to social media after the race to lay into his title rival.
The 23-year-old claimed Hamilton had ended his race with a ‘dangerous move’, and that his wild celebrations after sealing victory were ‘disrespectful and unsportsmanlike’.
The extent of Hamilton’s punishment does indeed seem minimal, given that he left the meeting with maximum points under his belt.
Red Bull team advisor, Helmut Marko, claimed instead that the Brit should be suspended for an entire race.
After going into the British Grand Prix with healthy leads in both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ standings, Hamilton and Verstappen’s collision was certainly the catalyst in what could be a season-changing afternoon for both parties.
Going into the Bulgarian Grand Prix next time out, Horner has clearly got the bit between his teeth. Verstappen is unlikely to be too happy either after a dramatic afternoon which sent tensions soaring in the race for the 2021 throne.
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