Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton have left Red Bull upset following Max Verstappen’s collision.
Lewis Hamilton’s victory at Silverstone cut the gap in the Drivers’ Championship to eight points.
Christian Horner, the CEO of Red Bull, has expressed his displeasure with Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton’s behavior after winning the British Grand Prix. On the first lap, the British driver was engaged in an accident that put Max Verstappen into the barriers and then to the hospital as he raced to a memorable victory.
The stakes were high at Silverstone, as Hamilton sought to cut the gap on Verstappen, who had a 32-point lead in the Drivers’ Championship at the start of the race.
With a burning desire to pass the Dutchman early on, the Mercedes driver made an ambitious pass at Copse, causing the title contenders to collide.
Verstappen was then sent careening into the tyre wall, his prospects of victory shattered, and he was severely winded before being taken to the hospital.
The seven-time world champion was given a 10-second penalty and dropped to fifth place after race officials determined that the coming-together was mostly his fault.
The 36-year-old then staged a stunning recovery, passing Charles Leclerc in the dying stages to extend his British Grand Prix winning streak to eight.
“I’m also still disappointed about the degree of celebrations enjoyed in the aftermath of the accident,” Horner wrote in his Red Bull blog.
“The Mercedes crew was well aware of the seriousness of the accident, with Max having been hospitalized and requiring further examinations.
“It is unthinkable not to inform your driver of the circumstances, let alone to protect your driver in the event that they do not exercise the required restraint in celebrating, especially when it is the result of an incident for which he was penalized.”
After the race, Verstappen agreed with his team boss, resorting to social media to slam his title opponent.
Hamilton had closed his race with a “dangerous manoeuvre,” according to the 23-year-old, and his frenzied celebrations after winning were “disrespectful and unsportsmanlike.”
Given that Hamilton finished the meeting with the most points, the severity of Hamilton’s punishment appears to be mild.
Helmut Marko, a Red Bull team advisor, believes the Brit should be suspended for the entire race.
Following healthy leads in both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ standings heading into the British Grand Prix, Hamilton and Verstappen’s collision was undoubtedly the spark in. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”