After Max Verstappen’s incident at the British Grand Prix, Aston Martin CEO agrees with Lewis Hamilton.
The British Grand Prix was stopped when Max Verstappen was involved in a collision with Lewis Hamilton on the first lap.
Following Max Verstappen’s devastating collision on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix, Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer has sided with Lewis Hamilton in the dispute. In the early turns of Sunday’s race, Hamilton and Verstappen were fighting wheel-to-wheel, with Hamilton attempting to pass his championship rival.
Coming into Copse, the defending F1 champion made a move but collided with Verstappen as the Red Bull driver wheeled in.
Verstappen slammed into the tyre barrier after flying into the gravel trap.
The Silverstone crowd erupted in applause as Verstappen climbed out of his car and walked away from the incident.
However, the spotlight quickly shifted to who was to blame for the collision, with Christian Horner asking with Michael Masi to penalize Hamilton.
“Anyone who has driven Copse understands that you don’t stick a wheel up the inside. He’s encircled him with a fence. Thank God he hasn’t been injured. He told Channel 4 that it was a desperate act.
“At Copse, one of the world’s quickest corners, you don’t stick a wheel up. That is just scumbag driving.
“It’s now in the hands of stewards, and we’re hoping they handle it properly.”
Hamilton, on the other hand, made it clear that he believed he had the racing line and that he was not to fault.
“I had the upper hand going in there. It was my line as I pulled alongside,” Hamilton stated over the team radio.
“He turned on me, man, giving the guy some breathing room.”
Szafnauer concurred with the British driver, claiming that the accident was a clear racing event.
“I’ve seen that a few times now, and if that isn’t a racing event, I don’t know what is,” he told Sky Sports.
“For the interest of the fans, we’ve often talked about allowing the drivers to race for the first few of laps, and I believe that’s what happened there.
“It was a 50-50 situation for me there.
“Max didn’t have to turn in at the time he did, and Lewis could have been farther to the right, but it was a racing event to me.”