Lewis Hamilton resurrected his Formula One title defence by winning the British Grand Prix for the eighth time on Sunday, despite a 10-second penalty after a collision with Max Verstappen, knocking the championship leader out of the race.
However, Max Verstappen accused F-1 world champion Lewis Hamilton of “disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behaviour” after the two collided at the British Grand Prix on Sunday.
Hamilton tried to overtake Verstappen at the Copse corner on the first lap, but the cars touched, and the Dutchman’s Red Bull flew off the track onto the barrier. Hamilton won the race, and Verstappen was rushed to the hospital.
Verstappen tweeted: “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 the track. Watching the celebrations while still in hospital is disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behaviour, but we move on.”.
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. Watching the celebrations while still in hospital is disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behavior but we move on pic.twitter.com/iCrgyYWYkm— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) July 18, 2021
Charles Leclerc took the lead, but despite having to increase the pit stop time by 10 seconds, Mercedes star Hamilton caught up with Ferrari and overtook the Copse on the 50th lap of the 52-lap race.
“I hope that Lewis is very pleased with himself, - said the head of the Red Bull team, Christian Horner. Hamilton’s victory ended Red Bull’s five consecutive victories and reduced Verstappen’s lead to 8 points.
Monaco’s Leclerc finished second, 3.81 seconds behind Hamilton. The second Mercedes, driven by the Valtteri Bottas, ended at third place.
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