Lewis Hamilton has slashed Max Verstappen’s lead at the top of the Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship to eight points after a controversial victory at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Verstappen crashed out on the opening lap after Hamilton attempted to overtake him with the Briton’s front left tyre touching the Dutchman’s rear right tyre.
The Red Bull driver was able to walk away from the crash which occurred at high speed and left Hamilton with a 10-second penalty.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner and Verstappen were both left fuming by Hamilton’s move, with the latter labelling it “dangerous” while calling the Briton’s celebrations while he was still in hospital as “disrespectful and unsportsmanlike”.
Indeed, Hamilton went on to win the Grand Prix, working his way back up the order after serving his penalty and dropping back to fifth.
Six-time world champion Hamilton didn’t back down, insisting he had nothing to apologise for.
“I don’t think I’m in the position to have to apologise for anything, we’re out there racing, I heard Max is in hospital and that definitely concerns me,” Hamilton said.
“None of us ever want any of us to ever get injured, that’s never my intention, so I really hope he’s okay.
“I’ll hit him up after this just to check he’s okay, and we live to fight another day. There’ll be a lot of tough races coming up and we have to learn to strike a decent balance.
“I don’t agree with the stewards but I take my penalty on the chin and get on with my job. I’m not going to whine about it, everyone’s going to have a different opinion, I don’t really care what people think. I do what I do and am really grateful for today.”
Verstappen remains top of the Drivers’ Championship with 185 points but Hamilton moves up to 177.