• August 4, 2021

Exclusive: ‘I hope Lewis is very happy with himself’

 Exclusive: ‘I hope Lewis is very happy with himself’


Red Bull team principal Christian Horner did not hold back on Lewis Hamilton as he reacted to the crash which sent Max Verstappen to hospital after the British Grand Prix on Sunday.

Hamilton collided with his championship rival on the opening lap, causing the Dutchman to crash out before the home favourite went on to secure an incredible win.

Verstappen smashed into the tyre barrier at 180mph

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Verstappen smashed into the tyre barrier at 180mph

Hamilton’s front left sent Verstappen off the track

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Hamilton’s front left sent Verstappen off the track

On lap one, Hamilton dived down Verstappen’s inside on the entry to Copse at 180mph, with the Mercedes driver tagging the rear of his rival’s Red Bull.

Verstappen was sent out of control and crashed into the tyre barrier at high speed.

Later on during the race, a Red Bull statement announced: “We can confirm that Max Verstappen walked away from his car and was immediately taken to the Silverstone Circuit Medical Centre.

“Following an assessment by the trackside doctors at Silverstone Circuit Medical Centre, Max Verstappen has been taken to a local hospital for further precautionary tests.”

Horner told Sky after the race: “It shouldn’t be like that to be honest with you.

“Max has incurred a 51g accident. Lewis Hamilton’s a world champion, he shouldn’t be making manoeuvres like that.

“It’s unacceptable. The biggest result from that today is he was uninjured.

“He’s had to go to hospital for precautionary checks after a 51g accident, so I hope Lewis is very happy with himself.”

Hamilton raised the Union Flag from his car after securing victory

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Hamilton raised the Union Flag from his car after securing victory

Horner continued: “He stuck a wheel up the inside in a corner that you just know you don’t do that.

“You just don’t stick a wheel up the inside of Copse. He was nowhere near ahead.

“The speed that they’re travelling, it’s one of the fastest corners in the championship.

The Red Bull was lifted away in a sorry state

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The Red Bull was lifted away in a sorry state

“Lewis has got more than enough experience to know that’s unacceptable.

“I’m just very disappointed that a driver of his calibre should make such a move. It’s dangerous.

“He’s put a competitor – thank goodness uninjured – but he’s put him in hospital.

“For me, that’s a hollow victory.”





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