Verstappen Calls Hamilton “Disrespectful” and “Unsportsmanlike” After Their First-Lap Crash in the British Grand Prix

Verstappen Calls Hamilton “Disrespectful” and “Unsportsmanlike” After Their First-Lap Crash in the British Grand Prix Photo: TT
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain stand on the grid before the start of the British Formula One Grand Prix, at the Silverstone circuit, in Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021

Max Verstappen suffered an impact of 51G in a collision with Lewis Hamilton in the first lap of the British Grand Prix.

He was taken to Coventry Hospital for precautionary checks after the crash. The Red Bull driver said he was very disappointed to be taken out from the race like this.

Verstappen also said that watching the celebrations while still in the hospital was disrespectful and unsportsmanlike. Later, it was confirmed that he was released from the hospital. In a post of himself and his father in Coventry Hospital, he shared the news that hes been cleared after all checks came back okay.

This post was backed by a statement from Red Bull confirming that Max was released from the hospital. Regarding the collision, Hamilton was given a 10-second penalty that dropped him to fourth place. However, he fought back and overtook Charles Leclerc of Ferrari, winning the dramatic race.

In an earlier post of Verstappen on Twitter, he said the penalty didn’t do justice to what Lewis did, a dangerous move that lead to the crash. Many were disappointed that Hamilton only received a menial penalty for sending a fellow driver to hospital, especially after winning the race.

On the other hand, Hamilton doesn’t believe he should apologize for the incident in the context that he should be penalized. According to the seven-time world champion, he doesn’t think he’s in a position to have to apologize when they are all out there to race.

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