Max Verstappen says he has ‘no hard feelings’ with Lewis Hamilton over their 2021 British GP crash
Max Verstappen says he has ‘no hard feelings’ with Lewis Hamilton over last year’s British Grand Prix crash as they returned to Silverstone… after the Dutchman previously scolded Mercedes for being ‘disrespectful’ with their celebrations after the race
- Max Verstappen returns to the scene of his bad crash at last year’s British GP
- He collided with Lewis Hamilton resulting in a 51g crash while fighting together
- Dutchman accused Mercedes of ‘disrespectful’ after crash
- However, Verstappen does not have a bad feeling towards the Briton a year later
Max Verstappen says there are ‘no hard feelings’ with Lewis Hamilton about their crash at last year’s British Grand Prix.
The pair returned to Silverstone a year after their dramatic collision at Copse Corner, with the Dutchman hitting the tire wall at 180mph.
Verstappen accused Mercedes of being ‘disrespectful’ in the aftermath of their crash, but a year later there is no lasting bad feeling towards Hamilton or his team.
Max Verstappen says he has ‘no hard feelings’ with Lewis Hamilton over last year’s crash
The pair collided on the opening lap of last year’s British GP as they battled for the lead
The pair made contact with Verstappen who hit the wall at 180mph in a massive 51g . crash
Speak with GP Racing, as per Motorsportthe 2021 driver champion said ahead of this weekend’s race: “Of course the crash wasn’t fun, but I love the track.
‘I like going there. To be [a] really good atmosphere with Formula 1 and we are going there very quickly.
“So I don’t have any hard feelings. And I also think very easily that I can put these things aside. Sure, it wasn’t fun what happened, but eventually you sort it out.
“It was not a nice impact for me personally, but we will go out again and of course try to win.”
Verstappen accused Hamilton’s Mercedes teams of ‘disrespectful’ for celebrating Hamilton’s post-race win while being checked in hospital after shunt
The 24-year-old has much to be positive about as he returns to the crash site, with the Dutchman leading the drivers’ championship by 46 points over team-mate Sergio Perez.
Hamilton, who narrowly missed Verstappen’s championship after last season’s dramatic title final, is nowhere near at this point – 98 points away from the Red Bull driver.
Their intense rivalry that defined the 2021 season has been absent this season, with the Briton unable to compete with Verstappen chasing his second drivers’ championship.
The two drivers collided on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix last year, resulting in a 51G impact for Verstappen at the exit of the fast right-hander.
Verstappen was taken to hospital as a precaution as a result of the accident, while Hamilton recovered from a 10-second penalty after being found responsible for the crash to win the race after passing Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari.
Verstappen and Hamilton are not in contention for this year’s championship with the Dutchman, who beat the Briton for the title last season, by a huge 98 point lead over his title rival for 2021
The Mercedes team celebrated the win, which saw a huge turnaround in the championship at the time as Hamilton narrowed a 33-point deficit to just eight.
Verstappen appeared before the media at the next race in Hungary and revealed that Hamilton had called him after the race and he found Mercedes’ enthusiastic response to their win as ‘disrespectful’.
He told reporters, “He called me. I don’t need to go into details about that, but we did have a conversation.
†[It is] disrespectful when one man is in hospital and the other waves the flag as if nothing happened while you push the man with 51G into the wall,” Verstappen said at the press conference in Budapest on Thursday.
Hamilton will hope his Mercedes has improved so he can close the gap in the British Grand Prix
“Not just that, but the whole team’s response. That’s not how you celebrate a win, especially a win how they got it.
“I thought that was really disrespectful and in a way it shows how they really are, it comes out after a pressure situation. But I wouldn’t want to be seen that way.’
Hamilton said after the race that he was not aware that Verstappen had been taken to hospital for a check-up until informed in the TV interviews after the race.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff also said the team had been told by Red Bull that Verstappen was okay before celebrating their win.
The pair crashed again during that year’s Italian Grand Prix, with both drivers withdrawing from the race.
There was also little contact in Saudi Arabia when Verstappen was given a 10-second penalty for braking Hamilton who went on to win the race.