Max Verstappen has echoed Crimson Bull chief Christian Horner’s claims that Lewis Hamilton’s ‘harmful’ driving led to the Dutchman struggling an early exit from the British Grand Prix.
The house favorite collided with championship rival Verstappen on the opening lap, inflicting the latter to crash out.
Verstappen emerged from his automotive and was taken to hospital for precautionary checks, whereas Hamilton continued from second when the race resumed after a purple flag pause.
And regardless of being given a ten-second penalty, Hamilton battled to assert the unbelievable win at Silverstone.
Horner described Hamilton’s triumph as ‘hole’ as he massively criticised the Mercedes driver after the race.
Verstappen was equally livid but in addition with the way in which Hamilton celebrated the win.
He tweeted: “Glad I’m okay. Very upset with being taken out like this.
“The penalty given doesn’t assist us and doesn’t do justice to the harmful transfer Lewis made on monitor.
“Watching the celebrations whereas nonetheless in hospital is disrespectful and unsportsmanlike habits [sic] however we transfer on.”
Hamilton dived down Verstappen’s inside on the entry to Copse at 180mph on the opening lap, with the Mercedes driver tagging the rear of his rival’s Crimson Bull.
Verstappen was despatched uncontrolled and crashed into the wall, and was winded within the high-speed accident.
“Is Max okay?” stated Hamilton over the radio. “He’s out of the automotive,” Hamilton’s race engineer Peter Bonnington replied.
“I used to be forward stepping into there,” stated Hamilton. “I used to be totally inside, it was my line, and he turned in on me.”
The race resumed following a delay of 45 minutes with Hamilton given the 10-second time penalty, which he served at his pit cease on lap 27 of 52.
This dropped him to fourth behind Lando Norris, Valtteri Bottas and a dozen seconds adrift of Leclerc.
Hamilton handed Norris on lap 31 earlier than Bottas was ordered out of his manner by Mercedes.
The world champion then set about searching Leclerc with the hole decreased to only 1.5 seconds with 4 laps to run.
On lap 50 of 52, Hamilton put his Mercedes on the within of Leclerc’s Ferrari via Copse earlier than backing out of the transfer, however the Monegasque ran vast and Hamilton assumed the result in the delight of the partisan crowd.
He crossed the road 3.eight seconds away from Leclerc to seal his eighth British Grand Prix triumph, with Bottas finishing the rostrum and Norris ending fourth.