Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says he ‘does not know how Lewis Hamilton can take satisfaction’ from winning the British Grand Prix after colliding with Max Verstappen on the opening lap.
Horner expressed his fury at what he described as an “amateur” and “desperate” move from the world champion and confirmed that Verstappen suffered a 51G impact in the accident and had been taken to Nuneaton Hospital for “precautionary scans”.
“He’s battered, he’s bruised. It’s the biggest accident of his career,” says Horner. “A 51G incident. I’m just grateful that it was not worse than that – that he’s able to get out of the car and walk away because it was an enormous, enormous accident.”
Horner believes that the 10-second time penalty and two penalty points handed to Hamilton for the accident was a “menial” punishment for the offense.
“He ran wide into Max,” says Horner. “I think if you look at the overhead [view], he’s run wide into the corner, he’s carried too much speed. That move was never on. Lewis is a world champion with seven titles. That was an amateur’s mistake and a desperate mistake. And we were just very, very lucky today that somebody wasn’t badly hurt.
“Putting a fellow driver in the hospital, writing off a car, receiving a menial penalty and still winning the grand prix doesn’t feel like much of a penalty.
“I think the disappointing thing for me, it just felt like a desperate move for Lewis. You’ve lost the start. You’ve had a go down the Wellington Straight. He started wheel-banging with Max down there.
“And then to stick a wheel up the inside of Copse corner, one of the fastest corners in this world championship, a corner that’s pretty much flat out and 180 miles an hour – there’s only ever going to be one consequence from that.
“I think that it’s just disappointing from a seven-time world champion that he makes such a desperate move and put a fellow driver in hospital.”
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