WATCH: Max Verstappen Groaning in Pain on Radio After Massive 51G F1 Crash at Silverstone

Published 07/19/2021, 8:42 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 5, 2021 Race marshals remove the car of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen from the track after he crashed during practice REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


After winning the inaugural sprint race, Max Verstappen started the British GP on the pole. And after a wheel-to-wheel battle with the reigning champion, Lewis Hamilton, the two title contenders collided at Copse on the opening lap. The Dutch went flying into the tire barriers while the Briton stayed on the track.

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Hamilton’s left-front wheel tangled with the Verstappen’s rear-right, sending the Dutchman into the barriers and out of the race in an impact that measured 51G.

Meanwhile, after the incident, his engineer asked, “Max you okay?”

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However, Verstappen, groaning in tremendous pain, wasn’t in a state to reply to his engineer.

Immediately after the crash, the Dutch was taken to a local hospital for check-ups.

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Helmut Marko demands suspension for Hamilton after Max Verstappen crash

As quoted by Planet F1, the Red Bull advisor, Helmut Marko is understandably furious with Lewis Hamilton for the crash with Verstappen on the opening lap. Furthermore, the Austrian believes the Knight should get a one-match suspension.

Hamilton picked up a 10-second penalty after a collision with championship leader Max Verstappen in a crash that resulted in a red flag and sent the Dutch to the hospital. After the race, he was also awarded two penalty points on his permanent license.

“You can’t do that with the normal sporting code. I don’t know what the maximum penalty would be, but such dangerous and reckless behavior should be punished with a suspension or something,” said Helmut Marko in an interview with Sky Germany.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen before the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron.

“If a competitor massively touches our rear wheel with his front wheel, then that’s no longer a racing accident in the fastest corner of the track–that is negligent-to-dangerous behavior.”

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Despite failing to score a single point at British GP, Max Verstappen still leads the drivers’ championship by eight points.

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Should Lewis Hamilton get a one-race suspension after his collision with Max Verstappen at British Grand Prix? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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