Christian Horner, Max Verstappen’s manager, has filed an official complaint against Lewis Hamilton.
The collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen has been put on Hamilton.
After colliding with Max Verstappen on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix, Red Bull CEO Christian Horner has filed a formal protest with FIA race director Michael Masi, requesting that Lewis Hamilton be penalized.
Verstappen lead Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship by 33 points entering into Sunday’s race.
Hamilton, on the other hand, made it his mission to overtake the Dutchman on the first lap of the race.
Hamilton attempted to dive down the inside of Verstappen on Turn Nine after several tight wheel-to-wheel collisions, and the two clashed, sending Verstappen spiraling into the wall.
Horner was enraged and immediately contacted the race director.
“Hamilton was never anywhere close alongside that corner,” Horner added.
“Anyone who has driven this track knows you don’t put a wheel up the inside of Copse.
“That was a massive accident, and it was entirely Max’s fault. As far as I’m concerned, Hamilton bears sole responsibility, as he should never have been in that position in the first place.
“You may have been involved in a major collision. Thank God he made it out unhurt. I’m hoping you’ll take care of it properly.”
“Now that I’ve got a chance to study at that tape, Lewis was significantly alongside on the inside of Turn Nine,” Mercedes argued.
Toto Wolff immediately dashed to the stewards’ office to present the Silver Arrows’ case in the hopes of avoiding a penalty for Hamilton.
Otmar Szafnauer, the CEO of Aston Martin, feels the seven-time world champion will escape penalty.
“I’ve seen that a few times now, and if that isn’t a racing event, I don’t know what is,” he remarked.
“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 wasn’t need to turn in at the time he did, and Lewis may have been farther to the right, but it was 100% a racing event to me.”
“I believe Max gave Lewis the room through there, but it’s so difficult when you’re on the inside,” Jenson Button, a former world champion, added.
“I don’t believe Lewis hit the apex, which is why he collided with Max’s back end.
“There’s a chance he’ll be penalized.”