Lewis Hamilton secured victory at the British Grand Prix on Sunday but was accused of ‘dirty driving’ following Max Verstappen’s 180mph crash.
Hamilton was handed a 10-second penalty after he dived down Verstappen’s inside on the entry to Copse. Hamilton’s front wing made contact with Verstappen’s rear tyre, which sent the Red Bull driver spinning into a tyre barrier at a 51G impact.
Verstappen was able to get out of his car but was visibly shaken from the crash and was subsequently taken to hospital.
Speaking on his team radio after the incident, Hamilton said: ‘I was ahead going in there, man. Fully alongside, it was my line. He turned in on me, man. It was a big hit on the left front, so do a big check. Is Max okay?’
But Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was furious with Hamilton for his part in Verstappen’s crash.
‘I think it was a desperate move,’ Horner told Channel 4.
‘He failed to make the move in the first part of the lap, which he was obviously geared to do, and then it was just a desperate move sticking a wheel up the inside which you just don’t do.
‘You boys know as well as anyone, Copse is one of the fastest corners in the world. You don’t stick a wheel up the inside. That’s just dirty driving.’
Horner also vented his frustration towards the FIA race director Michael Masi over team radio.
‘That corner, he was never anywhere near alongside,’ Horner told Masi.
‘Every driver who has driven this circuit knows that you don’t stick a wheel up in the inside at Copse. That is an enormous accident.
‘It was 100 per cent Max’s corner. So, you know, as far as I’m concerned, full blame lays on Hamilton who should never have been in that position.
‘You could have had a massive accident. Thank God he’s walked away unscathed. So, I hope you’re going to deal with it appropriately.’
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