'Blame Hamilton': Verstappen In Hospital After British Grand Prix Collision
Silverstone, United Kingdom, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Jul, 2021 ) :Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen crashed out of the British Grand Prix on Sunday after a first-lap collision with reigning champion Lewis Hamilton.
Verstappen's Red Bull careened off the track and into the barriers as he was knocked out of the race.
His Red Bull team tweeted that he has been taken to hospital for further precautionary tests.
Hamilton was handed a 10-second penalty, which he could take during a pit stop.
He made several attempts to overtake and tried to cut inside on Copse corner. As Dutchman Verstappen turned he hit the front tyre of the Mercedes, and his Red Bull flew across the gravel and into the barriers.
Verstappen waved to the crowd before climbing into an ambulance.
"Following an assessment by the trackside doctors at Silverstone Circuit Medical Centre, Max Verstappen has been taken to a local hospital," said Red Bull's tweet.
During the pause in the action the teams and drivers involved lobbied race organisers and the stewards both in person and on the radio.
Team principals Toto Wolff of Mercedes and Horner both visited the officials' room in the pit lane.
Hamilton pleaded his case in a radio chat with his team.
"I was ahead coming in there," he said.
"I've had a chance to look at that footage. Lewis was significantly alongside on the inside of turn nine." Horner argued the opposite in a radio call with Massey "That corner, he was never anywhere near alongside," Horner said.
"Every driver that's driven this circuit knows you do not stick a wheel up the inside at Copse. That's an enormous accident and it was 100 per cent Max's corner. Full blame lays on Hamilton who should never have been in that position." "Thank god he's walked away unscathed. I hope you're going to deal with it appropriately," Horner concluded, before repeating the sentiment to the tv cameras in the pit lane.
The stewards eventually settled on a 10-second penalty, almost the smallest penalty they could impose, though they could review the incident afer the race.
Horner told British TV that the penalty was "pretty light, he's still going to finish on the podium with that penalty".
"So, you probably need to push on now. Situation has now changed compared to this morning due to the 10-second penalty," they said.
After finishing second in Saturday's qualifying sprint, Hamilton had repeated his complaint that the Red Bulls were faster.