Max Verstappen’s petty act after Hamilton’s ‘disrespectful’ move

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has been discharged from hospital following Sunday’s high-speed crash in the British Grand Prix.

The Dutchman crashed into a tyre wall at 289 km/h after making contact with Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap at Silverstone.

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Roared on by a crowd of more than 140,000, Hamilton attempted to overtake Verstappen on the Copse corner of Lap 1, but the young gun refused to yield.

The two drivers touched wheels and the Red Bull went careening off the track and into the barrier, ending Verstappen’s British Grand Prix.

The 23-year-old thankfully walked away from the crash, but was visibly shaken as stewards helped him out of the car.

He was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

Red Bull later confirmed Verstappen had been discharged from hospital “following a thorough medical examination, without any major injuries”.

Dr. Ian Roberts, Formula 1’s medical rescue co-ordinator, confirmed Verstappen was “a little winded to say the least”, adding there were “no injuries apparent at the moment”.

Verstappen unfollowed Hamilton on Twitter after the race and slammed the seven-time world champion for his “disrespectful” behaviour.

Cleared from the hospital after all the checks were ok. Thank you to everyone for all the nice messages and best wishes 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/zBlfbQ8uh4

I’m losing followers tonight but max verstappen unfollowing lewis Hamilton on Instagram takes the cake. How childish 🤣🤣

“Glad I’m ok. Very disappointed with being taken out like this,” Verstappen tweeted from the hospital.

“The penalty given does not help us and doesn’t do justice to the dangerous move Lewis made on track. Watching the celebrations while still in hospital is disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behaviour but we move on.”

Top Gear host Chris Harris wrote on Twitter: “I’m a Lewis fan. And a Max fan. But Max’s tweet is one I think he might come to regret.”

Hamilton was given a 10-second time penalty for his involvement in the collision, but Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was unsatisfied with the punishment.

“I hope Lewis is very happy with himself. That’s a hollow victory,” Horner said.

“Copse is one of the fastest corners in the world. You don’t stick a wheel up the inside. That’s just dirty driving.

“It shouldn’t be like that. Max has incurred a 51g accident. Lewis is a seven-time world champion. He shouldn’t be making manoeuvres like that, It’s unacceptable.

“It was dangerous, it looked desperate, he’s put a competitor in hospital.

“The biggest result for us was that he was uninjured.”

Today is a reminder of the dangers in this sport. I send my best wishes to Max who is an incredible competitor. I’m glad to hear he is ok. I will always race hard but always fairly. My team showed grit and perseverance out there. It’s a dream to win in front of my home crowd💜🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/3S16uFYmDZ

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Speaking to reporters after his 99th Grand Prix triumph, Hamilton said he felt “a lot of anger after the shunt” and blamed Verstappen for the collision.

“I don’t feel he needs to be aggressive as he is,” Hamilton said.

“I would never back down from anyone. I will not be bullied into being less aggressive.

“We needed the points. He left a gap and I went for it.”

Hamilton currently sits eight points behind championship leader Verstappen on the F1 drivers’ standings.

The 2021 season will resume on Sunday, August 1 with the Hungarian Grand Prix.

– with AFP

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