Lewis Hamilton was accused of being “dangerous and disrespectful” in reviving his Formula One title defence by profitable the British Grand Prix on Sunday after a primary lap crash that left championship chief Max Verstappen complaining he had been “taken out”.
Hamilton retorted after the race that he would “not be bullied”.
Roared on by a crowd of greater than 140,000, Hamilton tried to overhaul Verstappen on Copse nook on the primary lap.
Verstappen refused to yield. The two touched wheels and the Red Bull went careening off the monitor and into the barrier. Hamilton drove on with only a damaged wheel rim.
“Glad I’m ok,” tweeted Verstappen from hospital. “Very disappointed with being taken out like this.”
His boss Cristian Horner, the Red Bull staff principal, had already laid into Hamilton who gained his residence race for the eighth time.
“I hope Lewis is very happy with himself,” stated 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 stated 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 stated. “I’d by no means again down from anybody. I can’t be bullied into being much less aggressive.
“We needed the points. He left a gap and I went for it.”
Charles Leclerc grabbed the lead earlier than racing was suspended whereas crews cleared away the Red Bull and Verstappen was taken to hospital for assessments.
Verstappen was later discharged from hospital “following a thorough medical examination, without any major injuries,” stated the staff.
It was “a pretty impressive impact,” stated Dr. Ian Roberts, Formula One’s medical rescue co-ordinator.
He stated Verstappen was “a little winded to say the least” however added there have been “no injuries apparent at the moment”.
Stewards imposed a ten second-penalty, the second lightest punishment obtainable to them, on Hamilton who was nonetheless capable of chase down Leclerc.
“The penalty given does not help us and doesn’t do justice to the dangerous move Lewis made on track,” stated Verstappen’s tweet. “Watching the celebrations while still in hospital is disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behaviour but we move on.”
Hamilton’s win ended Red Bull’s streak of 5 straight victories to chop Verstappen’s lead within the championship to eight factors.
Monegasque Leclerc was second, 3.81sec again to revive Ferrari’s season.
The second Mercedes, pushed by Finn Valtteri Bottas, who had allowed Hamilton to go after the penalty, was third, forward of the McLarens of Briton Lando Norris and Australian Daniel Ricciardo.
It was a foul afternoon for Red Bull with Sergio Perez ending sixteenth and out of doors the factors to drop from third to fifth within the standings.
‘It looked desperate’
Horner targeted 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 stated.
“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 additionally dissatisfied with the punishment.
“It wasn’t much of a penalty,” Horner stated.
Hamilton took his penalty throughout a pit cease when operating second and got here again on to the monitor in fifth place.
“Regardless of whether I agree with the penalty I just take it on the chin,” he stated.
“I’m not going to let anything get in the way of the crowd’s enjoyment of the weekend and the national anthem and the British flag.”
“It was so physical, chasing down Charles. I was giving absolutely everything, didn’t know if my tyres were going to last.”
Leclerc was disillusioned after having victory snatched away, however may nonetheless take pleasure in a powerful drive and a primary podium end of the season.
“It’s difficult to enjoy 100 per cent,” he stated. “I gave 200 per cent. I gave all of me but it was just not enough in the last two laps.”