Christian Horner blasts ‘desperate’ Lewis Hamilton – ‘That’s a hollow victory’

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After an electric start from his main title rival, Verstappen fought hard for position as the seven-time world champion pilled the pressure on the 23-year-old.

The duo went wheel-to-wheel in some of the closest racing we’ve seen all season between the pair, with a fire lit under Hamilton’s belly in front of his home crowd.

But disaster struck when Hamilton’s front right tyre made contact with the rear left of Verstappen’s Red Bull, which send the Dutchman spinning hard into the barriers and out of the Grand Prix at turn nine of the opening lap of the race.

The incident brought out the red flag, with Red Bull immediately on the radio to the race director, placing the blame firmly on Hamilton.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1, the Red Bull boss said: “Max has incurred a 51g accident. Lewis Hamilton is an eight-time world champion, he shouldn’t be making maneuvers like that. It’s unacceptable.

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“Thank goodness, the biggest result for us today is that he’s uninjured, he’s having to go to hospital for [precautionary checks.]

“I hope Lewis is very happy with himself, he stuck a wheel up the inside in a corner you just know you don’t do that. You just don’t stick a wheel up the inside at Copse, in that corner, in those circumstances.

“He was nowhere near ahead, it was contact, left front to right rear, and the speed they’re travelling, it’s one of the fastest corners in the championship.

“Lewis has got more than enough experience to know that’s unacceptable and, as I say, I”m just very disappointed that a driver of his calibre should make such a move.

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“It’s dangerous, he’s put a competitor at risk, it looked desperate and thank goodness he was uninjured. Max is in hospital getting himself checked out.

“I don’t care what Lewis has to say, have a look on your own analysis, draw your own comparisons, for me, that’s a hollow victory.”

Hamilton picked up a ten-second penalty for causing a collision with Verstappen, however, Horner added he didn’t believe it was enough of a punishment. 

“It wasn’t much of a penalty really, was it,” he added. 

Hamilton meanwhile said: “I mean today, I was fully alongside him, and he didn’t leave me enough space but regardless of whether I agree with a penalty, I’d take it on the chin and I just kept working

“I was like I’m not gonna let anything get in the way of the crowd’s enjoyment of the weekend, and the national anthem, and a British flag.

140,000 people watched the drama unfold at Silverstone circuit, as the seven-time world champion looks to fight back this season.

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