Max Verstappen Defends Lewis Hamilton Amidst ‘Dirty Driver’ Claims Following the British GP Incident

Published 07/30/2021, 3:31 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix REUTERS/Florion Goga


The British GP incident between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen caused quite the stir, with the aftermath being significantly worse for the Briton. Hamilton faced severe backlashes, as the criticisms he faced might have driven him down the memory lane to his initial days in F1.

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While a group of fans supported the 7-time world champion, a lot framed Hamilton as a rather ‘dirty’ driver, claiming that he had knowingly caused the crash at Silverstone. However, Max Verstappen certainly isn’t one of them.

What did Max Verstappen say?

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During the press conference in Hungary, the interviewer questioned whether Hamilton’s move was intentional and whether he is indeed a dirty driver. However, Verstappen could do nothing but laugh, as he reckoned it was nothing more than a case of ‘misjudgement’.

It’s the first time I heard it like that,” he said with a chuckle. “No, I think he just misjudged the moment in that corner. And the rest, I won’t comment on. We just have to focus ahead and try to have a good weekend here.”

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen fist bumps Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after sprint qualifying REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

The interviewer further asked Verstappen if Hamilton’s move wasn’t a “pattern of behaviour“. Verstappen displeasingly responded, “I don’t know you have to ask him, you know. I cannot answer these things for him.”

Verstappen wasn’t necessarily annoyed with his crash with the 7-time world champion at Silverstone. However, what irked the Dutchman was the celebrations that followed from Hamilton and his Mercedes crew after winning the race.

A Tough weekend ahead for Mercedes?

Mercedes may have displayed a dominant race at Silverstone, last weekend. However, it is highly unlikely that it could persist over the upcoming race weekend at Hungaroring as well.

Hamilton holding the highest number of race wins (8) around the circuit doesn’t help the case much either. Why you might ask?

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after finishing first and second respectively in the sprint race qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

With Red Bull consistently showing better pace compared to the Brackley outfit over this season, there is no denying that Verstappen’s prospects of winning the Hungarian Grand Prix are very bright.

Silverstone, a circuit that carries similar characteristics to that of Hungary, witnessed Red Bull outclassing Mercedes in almost every department.

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Hence, will this force Hamilton to showcase his aggressive side yet again? Is there another Hamilton-Verstappen drama approaching? Only time will tell.

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Rohit Kumar

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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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