Max Verstappen said Mercedes “proved what they really are” by celebrating Lewis Hamilton’s controversial British Grand Prix victory two weeks ago.
Hamilton’s win at Silverstone came after he did it collided with Verstappen on lap one, sent the Dutch driver out of the race and finally to the hospital for a check-up. Verstappen later tweeted that he found it disrespectful to watch Hamilton and Mercedes party.
Hamilton has claimed he did not know that Verstappen was still in the hospital until after the festivities.
Before the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, Verstappen was asked again what he meant by the comments. He said what happened after the last race summed up Mercedes as a team.
“To me, it’s disrespectful when one guy is in the hospital and the other waves the flag like nothing happened when you hit a guy with 51G against the wall[-forces]”Said Verstappen.
“And not only that, just the whole reaction of the team apart from that. I think that’s not how you celebrate a victory, especially a victory like the one they achieved. I found that really disrespectful.”
“In any case, it shows who they really are. It comes out after a pressure situation, but I don’t want to be seen that way.”
Whether he had the feeling that Hamilton drives dirty, Verstappen said: “No, I just think he misjudged the moment in this corner and I won’t comment on the rest.”
Verstappen, Hamilton and representatives from both teams will visit the stewards the following Thursday Red Bull’s decision to appeal the 10-second time penalty Hamilton received during the race. After Silverstone called Red Bull boss Christian Horner Hamilton an “amateur” for his move and said that a much higher penalty should have been imposed.
Verstappen was asked what he and Red Bull want to apply to similar incidents in the future, he just said: “Common sense”.
Hamilton spoke to the media shortly after Verstappen, saying he contacted his championship rival to speak after their collision.
“I called Max after the race to see if he was okay and let him know the respect was still there, but obviously it might not be returned,” said Hamilton. “But that’s fine.”
Hamilton said he would not have done anything different if he could repeat the incident all over again.
“As for the move, I would do the move the way I last made it,” he said. In terms of how I’ve reviewed it and analyzed from all my experience over the years which speaks for a lot … I wouldn’t change it. “
Commenting on Verstappen’s other comment, he said, “I don’t think our behavior was disrespectful.
“It’s one thing to know and then celebrate what happened, and it’s one thing not to know and celebrate. As I told you, I wasn’t aware of that.
“But it’s my home Grand Prix and God knows how long we’ve worked incredibly hard to get such a result and what a monumental moment it was for us to see the entire home crowd for the first time since was there last year.
“The emotions were high. It wasn’t a deliberate celebration, it was just the joy of seeing so many people and so many people celebrating, being together. That’s the natural emotion. I won’t hide my emotions. It was a great one Feeling of seeing so many people. “
Hamilton’s win at Silverstone reduced Verstappen’s lead from 33 to eight points.
The Hungarian Grand Prix will be live on ESPN on August 1 at 8:55 p.m. ET.