Dirty driving? Max Verstappen is NOT happy with Lewis Hamilton!
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Max Verstappen accused Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton of “disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behaviour” on Sunday after the two collided at the British Grand Prix.
Hamilton attempted to overtake Verstappen on Copse corner on the first lap but cars touched and the Dutchman’s Red Bull careened off the track and into the barrier.
Hamilton won the race while Verstappen was taken to hospital.
“Glad I’m ok. Very disappointed with being taken out like this. The penalty given does not help us and doesn’t do justice to the dangerous move Lewis made on track,” tweeted Verstappen.
“Watching the celebrations while still in hospital is disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behaviour but we move on.”
Hamilton retorted after the race that he would “not be bullied”.
Roared on by a crowd of more than 140 000, Hamilton attempted to overtake championship leader Verstappen on Copse corner on the first lap.
Max Verstappen refused to yield. The two touched wheels and the Red Bull went careening off the track and into the barrier. Hamilton drove on with just a broken wheel rim.
His boss Cristian Horner, the Red Bull team principal, had already laid into Hamilton.
“I hope Lewis is very happy with himself,” said Horner.
“That’s a hollow victory.”
“Copse is one of the fastest corners in the world. You don’t stick a wheel up the inside. That’s just dirty driving.”
Hamilton said after the race that he had felt “a lot of anger after the shunt” and blamed Verstappen.
“I don’t feel he needs to be aggressive as he is,” he said.
“I would never back down from anyone. I will not be bullied into being less aggressive.
“We needed the points. He left a gap and I went for it.”
It was “a pretty impressive impact,” said Dr. Ian Roberts, Formula One’s medical rescue co-ordinator.
He said Max Verstappen was “a little winded to say the least” but added there were “no injuries apparent at the moment”.
Stewards imposed a 10 second-penalty, the second lightest punishment available to them.
Hamilton’s win ended Red Bull’s streak of five straight victories to cut Verstappen’s lead in the championship to eight points.
Monegasque Charles Leclerc was second, 3.81 seconds back to revive Ferrari’s season.
The second Mercedes, driven by Finn Valtteri Bottas, who had allowed Hamilton to pass after the penalty, was third, ahead of the McLarens of Briton Lando Norris and Australian Daniel Ricciardo.
It was a bad afternoon for Red Bull with Sergio Perez finishing 16th and outside the points to drop from third to fifth in the standings.
Horner focused his frustration on Hamilton.
“I don’t care what Lewis said. That’s a hollow victory.”
“It shouldn’t be like that. Max has incurred a 51G accident. Lewis is a seven-time world champion. He shouldn’t be making manoeuvres like that, It’s unacceptable,” Horner said.
“It was dangerous, it looked desperate, he’s put a competitor in hospital.”
“The biggest result for us was that he was uninjured. I hope Lewis is very happy with himself.”
Horner was also dissatisfied with the punishment.
“It wasn’t much of a penalty,” Horner said.
Hamilton took his penalty during a pit stop when running second and came back on to the track in fifth place.
“Regardless of whether I agree with the penalty I just take it on the chin,” he said.