Mercedes labeled a new remark as “aggressive.” Lewis Hamilton’s shunt has been blamed on Max Verstappen.
After Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided, Mercedes took another go at Red Bull.
The British Grand Prix incident involving Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, according to Mercedes trackside technical director Andrew Shovlin, was “inevitable” owing to the Dutchman’s “aggressive” on-track approach, putting the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Red Bull driver.
On the first lap of the race, Hamilton and Verstappen collided as the British driver took the inside line in an attempt to pass the championship leader and seize the lead.
However, the two collided at Turn Nine, a 180mph bend, and Verstappen was launched into the barriers, causing serious damage to the Red Bull and placing the Dutch driver in the hospital while bringing out the red flag.
He was ultimately released with no major injuries, but the aftermath was severe, with Hamilton receiving a ten-second time penalty during the race.
Red Bull slammed Hamilton, who went on to win the race, with CEO Christian Horner calling him “desperate” and a “dirty driver,” and top adviser Helmut Marko urging Hamilton to serve a race ban for his role in the incident.
Despite Verstappen’s team’s demands for a heavier penalty, Mercedes had a different opinion.
“If you look at the guide, the stewards have to figure out who is at fault in terms of overtaking, Lewis was enough alongside and we felt Max should have allowed him more racing room,” Shovlin explained.
“If you look at the sprint and even the first lap of the main race, Lewis was constantly backing out of it to prevent a collision, and he was able to put his vehicle in a position where he could stand his ground.
Mercedes previously stated that Hamilton would not have finished the British Grand Prix if the red flag had not been displayed due to the incident.
Mercedes was able to repair the damage to Hamilton’s W12 when the vehicles returned to the pits, but Shovlin said that there was “really astonishingly little” more that needed to be corrected.
“We’d failed the rim where we had the touch at the front left, so it would have been a DNF if it hadn’t been red-flagged,” Shovlin explained.
“The rest of the damage was quite little. “Brinkwire Summary News” said it was a tyre temperature.