Karun Chandok Takes a Cheeky Dig as Lewis Hamilton – Max Verstappen Saga Continues

Published 07/28/2021, 11:49 AM 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


Ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Red Bull have formally lodged a petition to evaluate the penalty given to the seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone. Although this was not the first time when teams have lodged a petition to review the penalty.

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A similar penalty controversy occurred back in 2019 during the Canadian GP when the race leader Sebastian Vettel was awarded a 5-second penalty for squeezing Lewis Hamilton into the wall. Despite his best attempts, Vettel failed to create a five-second gap over the Mercedes driver. As a result, Lewis Hamilton who finished second, 1.3 seconds behind the German awarded the victory.

Afterward, Scuderia Ferrari lodged a petition regarding Vettel’s penalty with the help of the former driver, Karun Chandhok’s analysis. According to the Sky F1 commentator, Karun Chandhok, the incident between Hamilton and Vettel was a mere racing incident. However, FIA later denied Ferrari’s appeal and Hamilton remained the winner of the Canadian GP.

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Former driver Karun Chandhok cheekily denies any help in the Silverstone incident

However, this time around with Verstappen and Hamilton incident at Silverstone, former driver, Karun Chandhok cheekily denied helping either Red Bull or Mercedes with any piece of evidence.

In a tweet posted from his Twitter account, Karun Chandhok wrote, “Just so we’re clear, I won’t be providing evidence for anyone on this occasion,” with two winking emojis.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen incident at British GP

During the opening lap at Silverstone, the two title contenders, Hamilton and Verstappen were involved in a controversial collision at Copse corner.

As the Briton was trying to overtake Max by going on his inside, his front-left tire touched the Red Bull’s rear-right, which sent the Dutchman flying into the tire barriers and out of the race in an impact that measured 51G.

Immediately after the crash, Verstappen was taken to a nearby hospital for further examination.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

After the incident, the stewards awarded the seven-time world champion a 10-second penalty and two penalty points on his license. And despite suffering the penalty, the Knight won his home Grand Prix in style.

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The reigning champion served his penalty in the pit lane and joined the track behind fellow compatriot Norris. Hamilton overtook both Norris and Bottas till lap 40. The Knight was regularly closing down the gap between him and the race leader Charles Leclerc.

With three laps to go, Lewis Hamilton overtook Charles Leclerc to clinch his eighth British GP title. With this victory, he also cut down his deficit to only eight points in the driver’s championship. Meanwhile, Red Bull were left furious after the race as the 10-second penalty didn’t make much difference to the race outcome.

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Should Lewis Hamilton be further penalized for the opening lap collision with Max Verstappen at Silverstone? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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