Lewis Hamilton got on team radio to ask whether Max Verstappen was harmed in the heavy crash into the tyre wall after they collided on the first lap of the British Grand Prix. Hamilton and Verstappen were locked in a fascinating duel early on in the sprint race on Saturday with the Dutchman getting the better of his championship rival.
The two championship contenders were racing wheel-to-wheel before Hamilton took advantage of the slipstream coming through Woodcote. But they touched as Hamilton came up the inside and Max Verstappen turned in, with the Red Bull driver flying off into the gravel and slamming into the tyre wall. Lewis Hamilton was immediately on team radio saying he had damage and needed to come in. However, the race was soon red flagged while Verstappen had medical attention while getting out of his car.
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“I was ahead going in there. Pulling alongside, it was my line,” said Hamilton over the team radio. “He turned in on me, man, Giving the guy space.”
But Red Bull team principal Christian Horner made his feelings clear for Michael Masi after watching replays of the incident.
“Look Michael, that corner, he was never anywhere near alongside,” he said. “Every driver who has driven at this circuit knows that you do not stick a wheel up the inside of Copse. That’s an enormous accident – and it was 100% Max’s corner.
“As far as I’m concerned, full blame is on Hamilton – who should never have been in that position. Thank god he has walked away unscathed. I hope you are going to deal with this appropriately.”