Max Verstappen was shunted into the barriers after a collision with Lewis Hamilton at the 180mph Copse corner on the opening lap of Sunday’s dramatic Grand Prix, as the Mercedes driver attempted a pass for the lead up the inside.
Although while Verstappen’s race was ended, Hamilton went on to claim an eighth Silverstone victory despite his 10-second penalty from race stewards. Afterwards, he celebrated in front of the capacity home crowd with a Union Jack flag.
However, in his first update after the crash, Verstappen – who limped away from his car before being taken to the Medical Centre and hospital for precautionary checks – took aim at Hamilton’s on and off-track conduct.
“First of all: I am glad I’m OK,“ Verstappen posted on social media. “It was quite an impact at 51G but feeling better.
“Obviously very disappointed with being taken out like this. The penalty given does not help us in any way and doesn’t do justice to the dangerous move Lewis made on track. Watching the celebrations after the race while still in hospital is disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behavior but we move on.”
Meanwhile, Hamilton, whose post-race celebrations were similar to his usual at Silverstone, said he was not aware that Verstappen was in hospital.
In an interview with Sky F1 before Verstappen posted his message, Hamilton, when told of the news, stated “I didn’t know that. I hope he’s OK. Of course I would love to have a wheel-to-wheel battle with him for the whole race.”