Lewis Hamilton’s Father Anthony Fires Back at Critics of Max Verstappen Crash Controversy

Published 07/23/2021, 9:45 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


The recent British Grand Prix was engulfed with controversy as Lewis Hamilton took Max Verstappen in the openings laps of the race. Hence, many believe that the Mercedes driver did it intentionally so that he could catch the Dutch driver in the championship

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However, there are some like the 7-times world champion’s dad, Antony Hamilton who believe that it was purely a racing incident. Nevertheless, the tension between Red Bull and Mercedes has never been this high and doesn’t seem like it’s cooling down any time soon.

Anthony Hamilton doesn’t think the crash was done on purpose

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A good number of spectators have considered that Hamilton did crash into the Dutch driver on purpose. As they think it was to save his title hopes being stolen away from the Red Bull prodigy. However, Anthony doesn’t believe in those conspiracies and thinks it was a plain and simple case of an accident.

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

He said, “At the end of the day, it’s a racing event and crashes like this are 99% racing events. Otherwise, what do you want it to be? Let the pilots line up the straights and not fight against each other? We’re racing here.” (Translated from Turkish via Google Translate)

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Rosberg is on the same page as Anthony, regarding the Max Verstappen-Lewis Hamilton crash

The world of Formula One is torn in half, as who is to be blamed for the crash at Copse in Silverstone. However, Hamilton Sr can rely on his son’s fiercest rival and close friend, Nico Rosberg to back him up with his statements.

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The 2016 world champion said, “For me it was a racing event. I mean, everybody’s going to the limits there. What happens at the British Grand Prix is ​​normal when you’re vying for a win. If you’re fighting for a championship, the gaps are very small and you know how important it is to lead from the first lap.”

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg (left) shakes hands with Lewis Hamilton as he celebrates winning the Formula One world championship during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)

“Racing accidents and everybody going to the limits has a huge impact on race results,” Rosberg concluded. (Translated from Turkish via Google Translate)

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The next time Hamilton and Verstappen face each other is at the Hungarian GP scheduled for the end of this month. The 23-year-old will hope to redeem himself after having a horrific accident at Silverstone. While Hamilton is hoping to grab another win to see regain the lead in the championship.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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