Jos Provides Update on Son Max Verstappen as He Slams ‘Ridiculous’ Lewis Hamilton Decision

Published 07/18/2021, 2:10 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen before the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


It was a rather anti-climactic end to the weekend for Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix after suffering his second DNF of the season on lap 1 of the race. However, the way he retired from the F1 race was quite scary to watch for the fans.

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The Dutchman went spiraling into the barriers and suffered the impact at almost 200 mph. While the good news was that Verstappen got out of the car with no visible injuries, he spent over a minute struggling to stay up on his feet, which was quite concerning.

Amidst rising concerns for Verstappen, there is finally an update on the championship leader’s health following the horrific crash at Silverstone.

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How is Max Verstappen doing now?

According to Formule1, Verstappen’s father, Jos Verstappen, revealed that the Red Bull driver will be undergoing a CT scan after feeling light-headed.

It does look good. That was a big blow, of course. He felt a little light-headed. He is now going to the hospital for a CT scan. But he was good at it. Little pain in his shoulder, little blue all over. So yeah, sh*t,” the former F1 driver told Ziggo Sport.

What’s more, Jos blasted Hamilton for causing such a “ridiculous” collision with Verstappen around such a high-speed corner.

I looked back with Max to see what it looks like. Max also says, ‘I gave him enough space in my view. I’m half for it’,” Jos said.

And he also says ‘he drives me against the rear wheels with his front wheel’. Then you know you’re wrong. If you then get a ten-second penalty. I think it’s ridiculous. Certainly, in such a bend, that is not possible.” (Translated via Google Translate)

How did the F1 crash unfold?

From the start, Hamilton and Verstappen were racing hard against each other, with the latter showing an incredible level of defense against the much quicker Mercedes. Hamilton was constantly getting better exits out of each corner.

Similarly, Hamilton found a better exit around turn 8 and almost found himself alongside the Dutchman on the straight. He made a bluff and switched to the inside of Verstappen.

But the cramped yet high-speed turn 8 meant that Hamilton had to back out, and he did. Unfortunately, Hamilton ended up tapping Verstappen’s right-rear tire, breaking the suspension on the Red Bull.

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leads at the start of the race ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

What followed was a 51G impact for Verstappen, as the Dutchman’s Red Bull found itself in a sorry state, partially submerged in the barriers.

Overall, it may have been a heartbreak for the Dutch fans, but the good news is Verstappen is safe. What’s more, despite losing 25 points to Hamilton, Verstappen still leads the driver’s standings. So, can the championship leader pull away once again at Hungaroring in a couple of week’s time?

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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