Lewis Hamilton managed to revive his title defense in Formula One by winning the British Grand Prix following a first-lap crash with Max Verstappen. The championship leader complained that he was taken out after being rushed to hospital. After the race, Lewis Hamilton responded that he will not be bullied.
Lewis Hamilton attempted to overtake the 23-year-old on Corpse corner during the first lap in front of a roaring crowd of over 140,000 spectators. The Red Bull driver refused to yield, causing the two cars to touch wheels. Max Verstappen went speeding off the track and into the barrier, while Hamilton only damaged his wheel rim which allowed him to drive on and continue the race.
The Belgian-Dutch driver tweeted from the hospital that he is glad he is okay. However, he remains disappointed with the way he was taken out. The Red Bull team principal, Cristian Howler, had already climbed into Hamilton stating that he hopes the Mercedes driver is happy with himself after such a hollow victory. He continued by saying the Corpse corner is one of the fastest in the world and that you don’t stick your wheel up the inside because that’s just dirty driving.
After the race, Lewis Hamilton informed BookiePro reporters that he felt angry after the incident and that he blames Max Verstappen for what happened. He also stated that Verstappen doesn’t need to be so aggressive. Hamilton will never back down from any opponent and will not be bullied. Hamilton needed the points and Verstappen left the gap, so it was there for the taking.
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Charles Leclerc took the lead before the race was suspended as crew members had to clear the Red Bull car while Max Verstappen was taken to hospital. The Medical rescue coordinator for Formula One, Dr Ian Roberts, informed BookiePro reporters that it was an impressive impact, and that Verstappen was a little winded. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries to report.
A 10-second penalty was imposed on Hamilton by the Stewards. This was the second lightest punishment given to the Mercedes driver who still managed to chase down the Ferrari to eventually win the race. Verstappen tweeted that the penalty doesn’t help the team and that it doesn’t provide any justice for the dangerous move Hamilton made on the racetrack. Verstappen watched the celebrations from the hospital and stated that it’s unsportsmanlike and disrespectful behaviour from Hamilton.
The win for Lewis Hamilton ended the five-race winning streak for Red Bull and closed the gap to Max Verstappen in the championship to only 8 points. Charles Leclerc finished in second, reviving Ferrari’s season in the process. Valtteri Bottas finished in third who allowed Hamilton to pass him after the penalty. Lando Norris finished in fourth, while Daniel Ricciardo finished in fifth.
It was a horrible afternoon for the Red Bull team as Sergio Perez finished the race in 16th position. This means that he finished outside the points and dropped from third position to fifth position in the overall standings. The action continues in Hungary on 1 August 2021. Register with any of our online sports betting sites to place your Formula One bets before it’s too late.
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