George Russell dismisses claims Lewis Hamilton is a ‘dirty driver’ after his controversial clash with Max Verstappen at Silverstone as Williams ace insists there was no malice and it was just a ‘racing incident’
- Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen collide during British Grand Prix
- Verstappen was sent into the wall while Hamilton won his home race
- Red Bull chief Christian Horner insisted Briton was ‘desperate’ and ‘dirty’
- George Russell has defended Hamilton for the next race
- Hamilton and Verstappen rivalry continues in Hungarian GP . this weekend
George Russell rejected claims that Lewis Hamilton is a ‘dirty’ driver and insisted there was no malicious intent on behalf of the Mercedes star in his Silverstone crash with Max Verstappen.
Verstappen was sent into the tire wall in the Copse corner at 180mph on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix earlier this month before being later taken to Coventry hospital for further examination.
Hamilton, who was labeled ‘desperate’ and ‘dirty’ by Red Bull chief Christian Horner, was found to be ‘mostly’ at fault and given a 10-second penalty into the race – something which proved unnecessary as he passed Ferrari. Charles Leclerc takes the win with two laps to go in Northamptonshire.
George Russell has lashed out at claims fellow Briton Lewis Hamilton is a ‘dirty driver’
Hamilton involved in controversial collision with Max Verstappen at British GP
The Mercedes driver won the British Grand Prix while Verstappen retired
For Russell, who is trying to hit all the right notes in a bid to win Mercedes’ favor to become Hamilton’s teammate in 2022, the seven-time world champion is one of the ‘honest’ racers on the track and shouldn’t be. . vilified for the Copse collision.
“Lewis is one of the cleanest and fairest racers out there, always, and there was nothing malicious in the attempt because there was a definite opportunity,” said the Williams driver.
“In my opinion that was definitely a racing incident, and there are no rules in that regard I would say that can say who is right or who is wrong because it’s just one of those things. Sometimes there’s no right or wrong, it’s just a racing incident.
“Of course the consequences were huge and I’m very happy to see that Max was relatively good after the crash. But these racing incidents are hard to judge.
“I don’t think anything needs to be clearer in that particular scenario as it was purely a racing incident for me.”
McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, a former teammate of Verstappen at Red Bull, agreed with Russell that there was nothing ‘out of line’ in the collision.
Red Bull chief Christian Horner said Hamilton’s move was ‘desperate’ and ‘dirty’
Verstappen also labeled Hamilton ‘disrespectful’ after the race and his 180mph crash
“I haven’t really seen anything in line with the incident itself,” said Ricciardo. ‘Of course the consequence was really the big topic of conversation.’
Red Bull has filed an ‘appeal to review the 10-second penalty against Hamilton’ and they are now obliged to present new evidence in a bid to restart an FIA investigation.
The FIA’s International Sporting Code grants a right of review if “an important and relevant new element is discovered that was not available to the parties requesting review at the time of the relevant decision”.
But if Red Bull cannot meet the threshold, the request for a more severe sanction will be rejected. Should stewards accept the new material and determine it meets the criteria, the investigation into Hamilton’s collision with Verstappen will be reopened.
The crash has made this year’s title race even more exciting