A seething Christian Horner spoke of the agonising wait to see if his F1 driver was responsive after the collision
F1: Verstappen and Hamilton verbally spar
Red Bull chief Christian Horner has revealed that Lewis Hamilton’s excessive profile coming collectively with Max Verstappen was “basically the force of a small aircraft accident”.
Hamilton crashed into rival Verstappen within the first lap of the British Grand Prix race at Silverstone, inflicting the Belgian-Dutch racer to give up the race.
At the time Hamilton was awarded a 10-second penalty and judged “predominantly to blame” for the controversial incident.
Red Bull requested a reassessment of that penalty, submitting new proof such as GPS information highlighting automobile positioning, nevertheless it was later rejected by Formula 1 officers.
Horner, who admitted he anticipated the reassessment request to fail, has now spoken out concerning the true severity of the crash.
The 47-year-old recalled the second the automobiles collided and the agonising wait to listen to if Verstappen was nonetheless responsive.
He instructed The Daily Mail : “At first we didn’t hear anything back. You see a shunt like that, you just want to hear a voice.
“Then we heard a protracted groan. And lastly he spoke.
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“It was a 51G crash — bearing in mind 10G would knock a person out.”
The seething Horner went as far to recommend that “Hamilton knowingly did not avoid contact” with Verstappen – a declare Mercedes are stated to be livid at, given its personal nature.
The Red Bull boss went on to confess that his driver was ‘lucky’ to come back out unscathed.
He continued: “That was the biggest crash of his career. And he was lucky. He was lucky the way it went, lucky the car did not stick on the gravel and go over.
“Lucky it wasn’t nostril first. Lucky for the Halo, too.
“The crash broke his seat, it properly knocked the stuffing out of him. It was basically the force of a small aircraft accident.”
Following the crash, Verstappen went via a collection of CT and MRI scans to test the driver over for any inner accidents.
Both drivers spoke concerning the Silverstone incident in press conferences on Thursday earlier than the listening to was held.
Hamilton stated he referred to as his rival to verify he was OK and “let him know the respect is still there”, however did not present any remorse for inflicting the collision.
He stated: “I would do it exactly the way I did it last. In terms of how I have reviewed it or analysed, from all my experience. And my experience over the years speaks for a lot. I wouldn’t change it.
Hamilton stated: “I don’t believe our behaviour was disrespectful but it is one thing knowing and then celebrating what happened and one thing not knowing and celebrating. And I wasn’t aware [Verstappen was in hospital].
“Emotions have been working excessive. It wasn’t an intentional celebration. It was simply the enjoyment of seeing so many individuals collectively and celebrating. It was the pure emotion. I’m not going to cover my emotion.”
The two racing foes are back in action this weekend at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Grand Prix is the last before a three-week summer hiatus for F1.
After Silverstone’s drama, Verstappen will start the race with an eight-point lead over Hamilton.
Qualifying for the race takes place today, Saturday July 31, at 2 pm with the Hungarian GP proper beginning at 2 pm on Sunday August 1.