Lewis Hamilton Springs Up Wild Accusations Towards Red Bull

Published 08/05/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/David W Cerny


Lewis Hamilton had an eventful weekend at the recently concluded Hungarian Grand Prix. Coming off the events in Silverstone, the Briton secured his 101st career pole position last Saturday. However, fans at the Hungaroring treated him with raucous boos during the post-race interview.

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Moreover, some fans took also resorted to directing online abuse at the seven-time world champion after the incidents at Silverstone. Recently, Hamilton admitted he expected a negative reaction from the Hungaroring crowd while referencing reactions from Red Bull throughout the season.

Lewis Hamilton admits he expected fans to boo him in Hungary

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In Lap 1 of the British Grand Prix, the Briton came into contact with his title rival Max Verstappen at Copse corner. This ended the Dutchman’s race, with Hamilton closing the gap in the driver’s championship before the Hungarian Grand Prix.

At the Hungaroring, Hamilton stormed to pole as Mercedes looked quicker than Red Bull for a majority of the weekend. However, a chaotic race start meant the two title rivals couldn’t challenge each other at any point in the race. Ultimately, Hamilton made the podium while Verstappen brought home just two points to see the lead change hands.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Third placed Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes celebrates on the podium after the race REUTERS/Florion Goga

After the race, the Briton admitted the reactions from fans at the Hungaroring did not surprise him. He believed words from Red Bull drove the fans’ energy in that direction.

He said“It’s not a surprise to me, given the things that have been said from the heads of that team that have incited that.” 

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Since Silverstone, the Briton has been the subject of numerous insults on social media. While teams in the sport condemned such insults and Red Bull fired employees for this, Hamilton admitted people need to reflect on their actions.

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He said, “Over this break, people really need to look within at the things that have been said, because it is unacceptable the things that have been said and, on top of that, the things that have escalated, the fire that it’s caused.

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With the season now in the summer break, Hamilton leads Verstappen by eight points in the drivers’ championship. However, the Briton can expect a greater challenge from the Dutchman at the Belgian Grand Prix in three weeks’ time.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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