"I don’t really care what people think," Hamilton responds to comments on crash
Max Verstappen's huge crash at the Silverstone GP left many angry and heated up. Here is the Grand Prix winner, Lewis Hamilton's opinions on it.
The British Grand Prix led many fans in controversial debate after the incident involving title fighters Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at Copse Corner. Verstappen had the wind knocked out of him and was immediately taken to the Silverstone Medical Center via ambulance and later air-lifted to the local hospital for further precautionary checks.
This incident left many fans angry as they immediately began picking sides. Twitter was hot with debates.
Here is a footage of the incident including Max's radio after :-
After celebrating victory in front of his home crowd in Britian, Lewis Hamilton was interviewed at the post race conference on his views of the incident with Max Verstappen. He talked about the tension of the chase including the moment he realised that the Dutch was not going to give in.
"I was pretty far up alongside him but I then could see he wasn't going to back-out and we went into the corner and then we collided," he said. He further continued, "Of course, that’s never the way I ever want to win a race or just in general to race but these things do happen. I just hope he’s OK and I look forward to many more races."
Hamilton then mentioned answering a question of similiar context, " I would like to think that we should generally grow and learn from these experiences. There’s rarely an incident that’s 100% someone’s fault. It’s always a mixture because there are two people – or more obviously – so I think there’s things that we can both learn.
Continuing his statement, "I would say that Max is probably one of the most aggressive drivers here – just from my personal opinion – he does a great job of course – but I think we have to really try to find the best balance we can on track with space and respect between one another so that we can continue racing and have good races without colliding."
The press conference was then furthered to questions from the floor.
A question was asked to Lewis about Christian Horner, Red Bull's team principle's critical opinion of the Brit's move on Max. Horner said it was ‘unacceptable’, ‘amateur’ and ‘desperate’ and said it must feel like a bit of a hollow victory given that Max is in hospital. Hamilton was asked for a response to that.
"I don’t really have anything to say to Christian," Lewis began. "There are 2,000 people who work incredibly hard in my team. It’s not just about me, naturally. Of course, I have already said that this is not the way… anything I want to happen in the race. I think it’s important for all of us to be quite… take a step back. I’m sure emotions are running high there and I know what it’s like to lose points within a team and be in that position. So, I don’t feel any way about it."
"I’m a lot older now and I know it’s a marathon not a sprint and so I think I have a better view in how I approach my racing. But we’re in a battle and I think this year he has been very aggressive and most of the times I’ve had to concede and just avoid incident with him and live to fight on later on in the race," Hamilton responded to a question regarding the title battle.
"As you saw yesterday, once he’s out in the clear, they’re too fast so when an opportunity comes, I’ve got to try and take it, that’s what we’re out there doing, and racing, and this one moment, I got a great exit out of Turn 7 and I was really happy with the dummy that I was able to go to the left and then go to the inside and get up that gap. Fortunately he wasn’t able to close it. But unfortunately the aggression stayed from his side and we collided. It’s unfortunate but as Charles said it’s a racing incident, these things happen," he continued.
Accusations aside, we are happy that Max Verstappen is doing okay and was discharged from the hospital successfully. We hope to see epic continuation of this battle at the next stop: Hungary.