"That’s not how you celebrate a win, especially how they got it," Max said
During the press conference on Thursday for the Hungarian GP, Max Verstappen tells us his point of view on what happened last week at Silverstone
The opening press conference for the Hungarian GP was held as usual on Thursday and this was Max Verstappen's first appearance since the crash last week at Silverstone in Copse Corner with Lewis Hamilton which had Max sent to the hospital.
The Dutchman talked about the crash itself including what happened from his point of view.
“I fought hard, I defended hard, but not aggressive, because if it would have been aggressive I could have pushed him or squeezed him into the inside wall. But I did give him space, and then I just opened up my corner and when you then commit on the inside like he did and not back out, expecting he can do the same speed on that angle that I had on the outside, you are going to, of course, crash into me."
“I’m on the outside, I’m opening up my corner and not expecting him to commit, and he understeered into the rear of my car. Of course, at the time he knew he had the faster car, so [it was] just a matter of time to pass. It does show that it is possible to go up the inside, but then back out more, slow down a bit more, and not hit the other driver. I think at the middle of the corner, I was actually opening up more than Charles did even. It’s a great example within the same race that it is possible to fight into that corner.”
He further explained during the conference why he felt that Hamilton was given a lenient penalty even though it was Lewis who understeered into him.
“Basically you take out your main rival, and especially with the speed we have with our cars, we are miles ahead of the third-best team. We are easily 40, 50 seconds ahead in normal conditions. So a 10-second penalty doesn’t do anything. So definitely that penalty should have been more severe. I don’t know how I have a percentage in that fault."
“He goes for that move, he commits to the move. Of course, I’m going to make it difficult for him to make the move. But as soon as he commits to the inside and is getting alongside me, I open up the corner, and then I’m going to leave him space. They don’t expect me to just completely run off the track and then just keep my position. Probably they would tell you that you cannot run off the track. So from my side, a bit surprised, yeah, that there is a little bit of a percentage of responsibility in there.”
He then acknowledged the call he received from Hamilton and most of the team bosses in the paddock (except Toto Wolff). Verstappen mentioned that he felt bitter about the victory celebrations from Mercedes after the race as he found the way they won 'disrespectful'
“If you mean with disrespectful, it’s when one guy is in the hospital and the other one is waving the flag around like nothing has happened while you pushed the guy into the wall at 51G. And not only that, just the whole reaction of the team besides that, I think. That’s not how you celebrate the win, especially a win how they got it."
“So yeah, that’s what I found really disrespectful and in a way I mean it shows how they really are, you know. It comes out after a pressured situation. But I wouldn’t want to be seen like that. And yeah, he did call me. I don’t need to go into details about that but we did have a chat.”
Tensions will most definitely be high at the race day on Sunday.