Lewis Hamilton has said he will repeat the move against Max Verstappen which led to the Dutchman crashing from the British Grand Prix. The pair faced off at Silverstone and while Hamilton was unequivocal in his belief that he was running fairly, Verstappen launched another scathing attack on the world champion and his Mercedes team, once again emphasizing their celebrations of victory while in hospital was disrespectful.
Hamilton and Verstappen are in a close battle for the Formula 1 title. Before the British GP, Verstappen was 33 points ahead of the world champion.
On the first lap at Silverstone, Hamilton attempted to pass inside Copse’s corner, the two cars touched and Verstappen was sent at high speed through the barriers, ending his race. Hamilton was tried by the stewards for causing a collision and was given a 10-second penalty, but won anyway, reducing his deficit to eight points.
Red Bull and Verstappen were furious and the Dutchman, who was rushed to hospital for a check after impact of 180 mph, 51G, accusing Hamilton of “dangerous, disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behavior”.
Hamilton, who is now in his 15th F1 season and a seven-time champion, has made it clear he has no regrets for not retiring. “I would do the movement exactly as I did [the] last [time], ” he said. “I have examined and analyzed it from all of my experience, and my experience over the years speaks volumes and I would not change it. “
Hamilton has confirmed he called Verstappen to verify he was okay, but it seems there is still considerable resentment. Verstappen reiterated his accusation that the Hamilton and Mercedes celebrations were unacceptable and that it poorly reflected the character of the Mercedes team.
“What I mean by disrespectful is one guy is in the hospital and the other is waving the flag like it’s okay after pushing the other guy into the wall at 51G”, did he declare.
“But it’s not only that, it’s the whole reaction of the team. This is not how you celebrate a victory, especially a victory as she got it. This is what I found to be really disrespectful and it shows how they really are, it comes out under a pressure situation. I wouldn’t want to be seen like that.
Hamilton responded by explaining that he and the team were unaware that Verstappen had been taken to hospital. “I don’t believe our behavior was disrespectful,” he said. “It’s one thing to know and celebrate what happened and one thing not to know and not to celebrate. I did not know.
Red Bull has requested a review of the incident from Silverstone and Mercedes and they presented their cases to the FIA stewards via video conference on Thursday.
Hamilton received plenty of racist social media abuse during and after the race, which was condemned by F1, but said that while it ultimately improved equality and diversity by highlighting the issues, it was was a price to pay.
“It was amazing to see the support from the sport, from my team and from some drivers, I felt for the first time that I was not alone in the sport,” he said. “In all the other years that I have run, no one has ever said anything. When it happened in 2007 [his debut year] nobody said anything.
“There’s no room for that kind of abuse, but if I’m going to be the recipient of it in this industry for people to be aware of it, it’s part of my journey. “
Earlier Thursday, Hamilton voiced strong opposition to anti-LGBTQ + legislation in Hungary. Last month, the government passed a law prohibiting homosexuals from appearing in school teaching materials or television shows for those under the age of 18.
“To all of you in beautiful country Hungary, ahead of the grand prix this weekend, I want to share my support for those affected by the government’s anti-LGBTQ + law,” Hamilton wrote on Instagram.
“It is unacceptable, cowardly and misguided for power [to] propose such a law. Everyone deserves the freedom to be themselves, no matter who they like or how they identify with themselves.
The country is holding a referendum on plans to censor LGBTQ + education and “I urge the Hungarian people to vote in the next referendum to protect the rights of the LGBTQ + community, they need our support more than ever,” he said. he wrote.