Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix after crashing with Max Verstappen on the first lap. After the start, Verstappen and Hamilton were battling for first place. However, the two collided in Turn 9 after Hamilton made contact with Verstappen’s car.
As a result, Verstappen had to retire from the race while Hamilton received a 10-second time penalty for the crash. Verstappen was taken to the nearest hospital for precautionary checks following a 51G crash. According to Jos Verstappen, Max felt okay after the crash. However, Jos adds that Max is bruised and a little “light-headed.”The Red Bull team was furious with the crash.
“You can’t do that with the normal sporting code. I don’t know what the maximum penalty would be, but such dangerous and reckless behaviour should be punished with a suspension or something.”
“If a competitor massively touches our rear wheel with his front wheel, then that’s no longer a racing accident in the fastest corner of the course. That is negligent to dangerous behaviour.”Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s motorsport advisor, on the incident.
Despite receiving a time penalty, Hamilton didn’t feel responsible for the crash with Verstappen. In the post-race interview, Hamilton said that Verstappen didn’t leave him enough racing space in the corner. Hamilton made a late-race surge to first place. In lap 50, Hamilton overtook Charles Leclerc, who led the race since Lap 1 crash. Aided by victory, Hamilton reduced the gap to Verstappen to just seven points.
“Of course, I always try to be measured in how I approach things, particularly with battling with Max. You know he’s very aggressive. And then today, I mean I was fully alongside him, and he didn’t leave me space.”Lewis Hamilton explains his side of the crash
Zero points for Red Bull at Silerstone
To make things worse, Sergio Perez also had a terrible race. Perez started the race from 20th place but was soon running in the points. However, Perez made three stops in the pitlane, ending just 16th in the race. Thanks to Hamilton’s victory and a podium finish from Bottas, Mercedes took home 40 points and is back in constructor’s title contention.