Verstappen Criticizes Hamilton’s ‘Disrespectful’ Celebrations Amidst His Hospitalization at Silverstone

Published 07/18/2021, 1:59 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Emilio Morenatti


Max Verstappen spoke for the first time since his horrific 51G crash with Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix. While the latter won the race after a topsy-turvy drive, the former lay in a hospital bed near the track.

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After Lewis won the race, jubilant celebrations broke out from his camp; the whole Mercedes crew was rejoicing. And Verstappen has taken an issue with it. He took to social media to address the whole episode.

“Glad I’m ok. Very disappointed with being taken out like this. The penalty given does not help us and doesn’t do justice to the dangerous move Lewis made on track.”

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About the antics of Mercedes and Hamilton after the race, he added, “Watching the celebrations while still in hospital is disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behavior but we move on.”

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Lewis Hamilton blamed aggressive Max Verstappen for the move

Hamilton didn’t think that he was at fault for their collision. He believes that Max is overly aggressive in wheel-to-wheel combat.

Perhaps, he is referring to the battles that they have had throughout this season. Lewis may feel like Max pushed him off the track as he came second best to the Dutchman in Imola. Coming back to their collision at British GP, Lewis clearly felt that he left Max space on the track. Even with the crash, he does not believe that he has to say sorry anytime soon.

“I don’t think I’m in the position to have to apologise for anything, we’re out there racing,” said Hamilton.

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However, he plans to check up on his championship rival, “I heard Max is in hospital and that definitely concerns me. None of us ever want any of us to ever get injured, that’s never my intention, so I really hope he’s OK. I’ll hit him up after this just to check he’s okay, and we live to fight another day.

“There’ll be a lot of tough races coming up and we have to learn to strike a decent balance.”

All the great rivalries in F1 have had such moments. No one can look past Prost and Senna’s infamous crash at Suzuka in 1990 or Hamilton and Rosberg’s incident at the 2016 Spanish GP. Will this battle also turn out to be as sour and bitter as those two? Well, it has all the makings of one.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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