In a series of unfortunate events, Constructor’s championship leader RedBull Honda driver Max Verstappen retired after the very first lap in the British Grand Prix in Silverstone last Sunday.
After facing a tidy competition with second-placed Lewis Hamilton of Team Mercedes since the green light, Verstappen was nicked on the rear tyre by Hamilton’s car during a turn at Copse Corner, rendering his car totaled, forcing him to withdraw.
There has been a huge debate ever since the incident between Team Redbull and Team Mercedes, with one side claiming it was an intentional act of the Mercedes driver, Hamilton, while the latter claiming it was a ‘racing incident.’
Red Bull’s champion driver Max Verstappen, who currently sits at No. 1 in the World Championship scoresheet, has hit out at the standing Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton following the Briton’s dramatic win at the British Grand Prix. The Dutchman has accused Hamilton of “disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behavior” on Sunday after the two collided at the Corpse Corner.
In an interview, a disappointed Verstappen said that he was ‘glad that he came out of it unhurt.’ “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.” Verstappen tweeted earlier.
“Watching the celebrations while still in hospital is disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behavior, but we move on,” he added.
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Championship leader Max Verstappen crashed out of the British Grand Prix on the first lap while cruising at a speed of almost 160 mph on Sunday after his car came in contact with British driver Louis Hamilton’s front tyre.
Verstappen’s Red Bull careened off the track and into the barriers as he was knocked out of the race. However, the Red Bull driver appeared unhurt and stood unaided after getting out of the car following the accident at Copse corner. He was admitted to a hospital for further precautionary tests and has since been released, with everything appearing to be normal.
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The FIA handed Mercedes’ Hamilton a 10-second penalty after much speculation. Still, despite that, he managed to come out on top in the latter stages of the game and passed race leader Charles Leclerc with only two laps to go, to secure the victory in his home track in England, in what is being called one of the greatest comebacks in F1’s history.
With the win at Silverstone, Hamilton closed in on the 33 points gap difference between him and championship leader Verstappen which now remains only 8 points. Hamilton was set to secure one more point for making the ‘fastest lap of the race,’ but Redbull’s Sergio Perez came to the acts and snatched away that particular point, helping his teammate Verstappen secure an 8 point lead before the Hungarian GP on August 1, 2021.
While Hamilton is being scrutinized by many F1 fans across the world for his disorderly conduct on the track in Britain, all eyes are set on the Hungarian GP when the two will square up again. It will be interesting to see whether Max Verstappen cements back his lead with a win, or will it be Louis Hamilton who comes out on top.
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