WATCH: Extraordinary Trackside Footage Shows Gruesome Impact of Max Verstappen’s F1 Crash at Silverstone

Published 07/20/2021, 7:07 AM EDT
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


Two days after the British Grand Prix, the dust is settling. The final verdict has been given, and everyone had said their piece on the lap one incident. F1 Driver championship protagonists, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton were involved in a collision at Copse Corner, which resulted in Verstappen leaving the circuit on a stretcher. Unscathed, Verstappen is okay, barring a hit taken to his championship points.

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There is no official media for the incident online from a trackside angle because there were no photographers at the high-speed Copse corner during the crash. However, a video from the grandstands has emerged.

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On the TV screens, the seriousness of the impact dawned on viewers after a beaten-up Red Bull car was being taken away. Although, in reality, the 51G crash was undeniably immense. Even with the tire barriers, the fans clearly felt the tremors of the collision. Hats flew and umbrellas shook as F1 fans stood up in fear.

Although Max Verstappen miraculously limped out of the car, the video further illustrates how colossal the accident was.

Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen: An incident for the F1 history books

The current championship battle is one for the ages. Hamilton and Verstappen’s dramatic collision is being compared to some fierce battles in F1 history – to likes of Prost and Senna, and Schumacher and Hill. The incident has surely will have affected the two drivers’ relationship as the battle has now well and truly begun.

The crash at Copse almost mirrored the championship contention of 1990. Ayrton Senna ended Prost’s race at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan, and his ruthlessness ensured that he won the title that day. There are still so many unanswered questions about that collision, and it remains one of the most scandalous crashes in F1.

The 1994 Australian GP tainted the title clash between Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill. It was a title-defining final race as the two collided, leaving Schumacher in the barriers. Did Hill hit Schumacher? Did Schumacher make a move? Just another flashback of the 2021 race at Silverstone.

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What’s happening in Silverstone is just generational warfare. Toto Wolff had said, “It takes two to tango, and these two are not giving each other an inch.”

Therefore, the battle has now become personal. It’s one great driver against another; a rising star against an F1 legend. As history repeats itself, who will emerge victorious?

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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