Max Verstappen slammed Lewis Hamilton for ‘disrespectful’ British Grand Prix
celebrations after blaming his rival for their first-lap crash.
The Brit attempted to take the lead in a thrilling battle from lights out at Silverstone,
which ended with Verstappen being clipped from behind and hurtling into the barrier
Medics sent the Dutchman, 23, to hospital as a precaution after he had gingerly
exited the mangled car.
Formula One stewards handed out a ten-second time penalty to Hamilton, 36,
despite his claims that he was alongside Verstappen and therefore allowed to attempt
the risky overtake.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner angrily castigated the Mercedes driver, who recovered
from the setback to win the race after a late overtake of Charles Leclerc.
And Verstappen was left seething after watching Hamilton’s celebrations in front of
the 140,000 fans from the hospital. He tweeted after the race: “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 it on the track. “Watching the celebrations while still in hospital is
disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behaviour but we move on.”
The Dutchman was released later on Sunday evening, writing on Instagram:
“Cleared from the hospital after all the checks were ok. Thank you to everyone for all
the nice messages and best wishes.”
Hamilton had asked his team radio if Verstappen was okay while nursing his slightly
damaged Merc back to the pits, once the race had been temporarily red-flagged to
clear the wreckage.
Horner, 47, had claimed the victory must feel ‘hollow’ for the reigning world champion.