Max Verstappen renews criticism of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes British GP celebrations after crash – .

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Max Verstappen renews criticism of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes British GP celebrations after crash – .


Max Verstappen addresses the media for the first time since the acrimonious collision at Silverstone and renews his critique of Mercedes’ post-race celebrations; Lewis Hamilton says he and his team weren’t disrespectful; F1 title rivals reveal they spoke on the phone after British GP shock

Last update: 07/29/21 5:21 PM

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Max Verstappen doesn’t think Lewis Hamilton wanted to knock him down at Silverstone but feels the penalty received was not severe enough regarding the loss of Championship points

Max Verstappen doesn’t think Lewis Hamilton wanted to knock him down at Silverstone but feels the penalty received was not severe enough regarding the loss of Championship points

        <p itemprop="description">Max Verstappen a renouvelé son attaque contre les célébrations de la victoire de Lewis Hamilton et Mercedes au lendemain du GP de Grande-Bretagne.</p>
    Apparaissant devant les médias de F1 au GP de Hongrie pour la première fois depuis l'accident de Silverstone il y a 11 jours, Verstappen a déclaré qu'il se sentait "à 110" pour cent en forme pour son retour à l'action ce week-end.

He also revealed that Hamilton called him after the race.

“He called me,” Verstappen said. “I don’t need to go into details on this, but we had a conversation. “

However, he renewed his accusation that the post-race celebrations of Red Bull rivals had been disrespectful as he received precautionary exams in hospital.

« [It is] disrespectful if one guy is in the hospital and the other is waving the flag like nothing has happened while you push the guy into the wall with 51G, ”Verstappen said at Thursday’s press conference in Budapest .

“Not only that, just the whole team reaction besides that. This is not how you celebrate a victory, especially a victory as they obtained it.

“That’s what I found to be really disrespectful and in a way it shows how they really are, it comes out after a pressure situation. But I wouldn’t want to be seen like that. “

Karun Chandhok was at SkyPad to take a closer look at the collision between Hamilton and Verstappen in the first round of the British GP

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Karun Chandhok was at SkyPad to take a closer look at the collision between Hamilton and Verstappen in the first round of the British GP

Karun Chandhok was at SkyPad to take a closer look at the collision between Hamilton and Verstappen in the first round of the British GP

Hamilton said after the race he was unaware that Verstappen had been taken to hospital for checkups until he was told during post-race television interviews. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff also said the team had received comments from Red Bull and the FIA ​​that Verstappen was OK before celebrating his victory.

When Verstappen’s final comments came to him on Thursday, Hamilton reiterated his belief that Mercedes had done nothing wrong during their home event.

“I don’t think our behavior was disrespectful,” said the seven-time world champion.

“Like I said, it’s one thing to know and then celebrate what happened, and it’s one thing to not know and not to celebrate.

“Like I told you, I wasn’t aware of it – but this is my home Grand Prix and we’ve been working incredibly hard for god knows how long to get such a result.

“And what a monumental moment it was for us to experience the whole home crowd for the first time since last year was missed. The emotions were running high, it wasn’t like an intentional celebration, it was just the joy of seeing so many and so many people celebrating being together.

After the dramatic and controversial events at Silverstone, don't miss the Hungarian GP live only on Sky Sports F1 this weekend

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After the dramatic and controversial events at Silverstone, don’t miss the Hungarian GP live only on Sky Sports F1 this weekend

After the dramatic and controversial events at Silverstone, don’t miss the Hungarian GP live only on Sky Sports F1 this weekend

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“It’s natural emotion, I’m not going to hide my emotions. It was an amazing feeling to see so many people. “

In his conversation with Verstappen, Hamilton added: “I called Max after the race to check that he is feeling good and to let him know that the respect is still there. But obviously, it may not be reciprocal, but it’s okay. “

As Red Bull and Mercedes faced the British Grand Prix Commissioners again on Thursday as a former attempt to challenge the original verdict on the incident, Verstappen said that in his opinion “the penalty was not severe enough for what he caused ”.

Hamilton was found to be “primarily” responsible for the collision and was fined 10 seconds, which he served during his pit stop. However, despite falling to fourth place, he fought to win the race and reduced Verstappen’s title lead from 33 to eight points.

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Lewis Hamilton says there is

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Lewis Hamilton says there is ‘nothing you can throw at me that I have never faced before’ and will not challenge Red Bull with his penalty at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton says there is ‘nothing you can throw at me that I have never faced before’ and will not challenge Red Bull with his penalty at Silverstone

Verstappen on the incident and the accident

The Dutch driver felt the collision was the result of an error in judgment rather than the nastiness of rival Mercedes.

“I think he wasn’t expecting it, but I think he definitely misjudged the entry speed into such a narrow angle in that turn, and that’s why he understeered wide,” Verstappen said of the battle in the Copse Corner at nearly 200 mph.

“Of course I don’t think he wanted to crack me in such a way, but that’s not for me to answer, but nonetheless I didn’t score any points which is the worst [thing] about all of this. “

Meanwhile, Hamilton, who said he would not change any aspect of his driving during the incident, pointed to his experience and success as proof of his skill in driving combat.

“I have been racing for a long, long time and have faced stewards, I have had to face good and bad decisions all my life, I have been abused, there is nothing that you can throw me in, which I’ve never known before, and take care of it, ”he told Sky F1.

“I’m going to keep running as I run and keep fighting like I did. This brought me to this point with the seven [titles], not bad. “

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