Toto Wolff, Mercedes’ CEO, criticizes Red Bull for Lewis Hamilton’s “below the belt” accusations.
In Hungary, the fight for the 2021 championship will resume.
As the fallout from Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s stunning crash at the British Grand Prix continues, Mercedes team manager Toto Wolff has retaliated against Red Bull. The Red Bull camp has been vocal in its criticism of Hamilton, whom they believe was given an unjust victory at Silverstone.
When Hamilton made an ambitious pass at Copse on the first lap, the title contenders came to a halt.
From the start, the seven-time world champion was all over Verstappen, but he wasn’t quite level when the contact was made.
For his part in the incident, Hamilton received a 10-second penalty, which pales in comparison to Verstappen’s penalty in terms of his title race.
The 23-year-old was transported to hospital after being seriously winded after being sent slamming into the tyre wall at high speed, and his lead in the Drivers’ Championship was slashed from 33 to eight points.
With a claim of “respect” over a private phone call, Lewis Hamilton reignites his feud with Max Verstappen.
Meanwhile, after serving his penalty, Hamilton completed a stunning comeback to win the race and narrow the gap on his fallen adversary.
“We believed the comments made during and after the race, then in written statements and at the meeting itself were below the belt,” Wolff said in his latest jab at Red Bull.
“But it’s not up to me, and Lewis wouldn’t want any apologies,” she says.
After Hamilton took the chequered flag, tensions were at an all-time high, with Christian Horner calling his victory a “hollow victory.”
In a similar spirit, Red Bull team advisor Helmut Marko asked for a one-race penalty for the British driver.
After Hamilton was subjected to racial abuse on social media, which Red Bull openly criticized in solidarity with the 36-year-old, emotions eased for a short time.
“The reality is that Hamilton has met his match in a car that is now competitive, and I agree that both drivers need to show one other respect, but Hamilton was the aggressor on Sunday,” Horner said in his column after the dust had settled.
Clearly, there is still resentment in both sides following their diametrically opposed weekends at Silverstone.
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