Max Verstappen stays sad with Lewis Hamilton regardless of clearing the air with the Briton throughout a telephone name following their spectacular crash.
Dutchman Verstappen was taken to hospital as seven-time champion Hamilton closed the hole to eight factors within the standings earlier than this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Pink Bull driver declined to enter any element, including as a substitute he was extra upset by the defending champion’s post-race celebrations.
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“One man is in hospital, the opposite man is waving the flag round like nothing has occurred when you pushed the man into the wall with 51Gs,” he mentioned.
“And never solely that, simply the entire response of the staff. That’s not the way you rejoice a win. Particularly a win — how they obtained it.
“That’s what I discovered actually disrespectful. In a manner, it reveals how they are surely. It comes out after a strain scenario. I wouldn’t need to be seen like that.”
Mercedes ramped up the disagreement with Formulation One rivals Pink Bull by accusing them of making an attempt to “tarnish the nice identify and sporting integrity of Lewis Hamilton”.
The accusation got here after Pink Bull did not win a assessment into the 10-second penalty handed to Hamilton for the world champion’s controversial collision with Pink Bull driver Max Verstappen on the British Grand Prix.
“Along with bringing this incident to an in depth we hope this resolution will mark the top of a concerted try by the senior administration of Pink Bull Racing to tarnish the nice identify and sporting integrity of Lewis Hamilton,” mentioned a Mercedes assertion.
Hamilton mentioned he can be able to repeat his controversial go on Verstappen which precipitated the championship chief to crash out of the British Grand Prix earlier this month.
“By way of the transfer, I’d do it once more precisely as I’ve executed it up to now,” mentioned Hamilton who can declare his one hundredth profession win on Sunday.
“I feel, rising up, wheel-to-wheel racing was all the time one of the best, from karting. Essentially the most thrilling a part of motor sport is while you see shut racing.
“We’re now seeing two groups extremely shut on efficiency. And if there’s extra folks watching then that tells you all you could know,” he added.
Mercedes’ Hamilton defended his response after the win whereas Pink Bull’s temper was not improved when their bid to have a assessment of Hamilton’s 10-second penalty imposed for the crash was thrown out by race stewards.
“I don’t consider our behaviour was disrespectful. It’s one factor realizing after which celebrating what occurred and there’s one factor not realizing and celebrating. Clearly I wasn’t conscious,” Hamilton mentioned.
“It was my dwelling Grand Prix and we labored extremely onerous for who is aware of how lengthy to get a end result like that.
“Feelings have been working excessive. It wasn’t an intentional celebration it was simply the enjoyment of seeing so many individuals and so many individuals celebrating, being collectively and that’s the pure emotion. I’m not going to cover my feelings. It was an incredible feeling,” he added.
Verstappen distanced himself from claims made by his staff boss Christian Horner who accused seven-time champion Hamilton of “soiled driving”.
“That’s the primary time I heard it like that. No, I feel he simply misjudged the second in that nook.” Hamilton, 36, acquired a 10-second penalty for his function within the collision and Verstappen mentioned it was too lenient.
“I don’t assume the penalty was right as a result of principally you’re taking out your primary rival and, particularly with the velocity we’ve got in our vehicles, we’re miles forward of, let’s say, the third-best staff.
“We’re simply 40, 50 seconds forward in regular situations. So, a ten second penalty doesn’t do something so positively that penalty ought to have been extra extreme.”