Verstappen explains why he thinks Hamilton deserved bigger F1 penalty

Max Verstappen has explained why he believes Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton deserved a “more severe” penalty for causing their British Grand Prix crash ahead of today’s FIA hearing.

Verstappen explains why he thinks Hamilton deserved bigger F1 penalty

Hamilton and Verstappen collided while battling for the lead at Copse on the opening lap of the race at Silverstone, resulting in a 51G impact with the barrier for Verstappen.

Hamilton was hit with a 10-second time penalty for causing the collision, but recovered to win the race and cut Verstappen’s championship lead down to eight points.

Verstappen and Red Bull were vocal in their criticism of Hamilton, with team boss Christian Horner calling the penalty “lenient”.

Red Bull submitted a request to review the case with the FIA in Hungary and see if new evidence is deemed substantial enough for the matter to be reopened. This was rejected by the FIA on Thursday evening.

Speaking about the incident for the first time in public during Thursday’s FIA press conference, before the FIA's decision was revealed, Verstappen made his view clear that he “didn’t do anything wrong”.

“I fought hard, I defended hard, but not aggressive, because if it would have been aggressive I could have pushed him or squeezed him into the inside wall,” Verstappen said. “But I did give him the space, and then I just opened up my corner and when you then commit on the inside like he did and not back out, expecting he can do the same speed on that angle that I had on the outside, you are going to, of course, crash into me.

“I’m on the outside, I'm opening up my corner and not expecting him to commit, and he understeered into the rear of my car."

Verstappen also criticised the penalty that was awarded to Hamilton, saying he did not think it “was correct”.

“Basically you take out your main rival, and especially with the speed we have with our cars, we are miles ahead of the third-best team,” Verstappen said. “We are easily 40, 50 seconds ahead in normal conditions. So a 10-second penalty doesn’t do anything. So definitely that penalty should have been more severe.”

The stewards’ bulletin issued after the incident said that Hamilton was “predominantly at fault” for the crash, inferring that Verstappen carried some responsibility for the incident.

“I don’t know how I have a percentage in that fault,” Verstappen said. “He goes for that move, he commits to the move. Of course I’m going to make it difficult for him to make the move. But as soon as he commits to the inside and is getting alongside me, I open up the corner, and then I’m going to leave him space.

“They don’t expect me to just completely run off the track and then just keep my position - probably they would tell you that you cannot run off the track. So from my side, a bit surprised, yeah, that there is a little bit of a percentage [of responsibility] in there.”

Read Also:

Hamilton fought his way back into first place in the closing stages at Silverstone, passing Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc up the inside at Copse with four laps remaining.

Verstappen said Hamilton’s move was “a great example that it is possible to not touch” while overtaking at that corner.

“Of course at the time he knew he had the faster car, so [it was] just a matter of time to pass,” Verstappen said. “It does show that it is possible to go up the inside, but then back out more, slow down a bit more, and not hit the other driver.

“I think at the middle of the corner, I was actually opening up more than Charles did even. It’s a great example within the same race that it is possible to fight into that corner.”

shares
comments

Related video

Alonso didn’t expect to still be racing in Formula 1 at 40
Previous article

Alonso didn’t expect to still be racing in Formula 1 at 40

Next article

Hamilton "amazed" by F1's support against racist abuse online

Hamilton "amazed" by F1's support against racist abuse online
Load comments
How getting sacked from Benetton made Mercedes' Allison Prime

How getting sacked from Benetton made Mercedes' Allison

He’s had a hand in world championship-winning Formula 1 cars for Benetton, Renault and Mercedes, and was also a cog in the Schumacher-Ferrari axis. Having recently ‘moved upstairs’ as Mercedes chief technical officer, James Allison tells Stuart Codling about his career path and why being axed by Benetton was one of the best things that ever happened to him.

The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback Prime

The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback

It’s easy to look at Robert Kubica’s second Formula 1 career and feel a sense of sadness that he didn’t reach the heights for which he seemed destined. But as Ben Anderson discovered, performance and results are almost meaningless in this context – something more fundamental and incredible happened…

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver for McLaren Prime

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver for McLaren

From being lapped by his own teammate in Monaco to winning at Monza, it’s been a tumultuous first season at McLaren for Daniel Ricciardo. But, as he tells STUART CODLING, there’s more to the story of his turnaround than having a lovely summer holiday during Formula 1's summer break...

Formula 1
Nov 26, 2021
The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title Prime

The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title

As the battle continues to rage over the F1 2021 drivers' championship, teams up and down the grid are turning their attentions to the prize money attributed to each position in the constructors' standings. But F1's sliding scale rules governing wind tunnel and CFD use will soften the blow for those who miss out on the top places

Formula 1
Nov 25, 2021
The invisible enemy that's made Hamilton's title charge tougher Prime

The invisible enemy that's made Hamilton's title charge tougher

After winning his past few Formula 1 titles as a canter, Lewis Hamilton currently trails Max Verstappen by eight points heading into the final double-header of 2021. Although Red Bull has been his biggest on-track challenge, Hamilton feels that he has just as much to grapple with away from the circuit

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2021
Why F1's inconvenient penalties have to stay Prime

Why F1's inconvenient penalties have to stay

OPINION: Quibbles over the length of time taken by Formula 1's stewards over decisions are entirely valid. But however inconvenient it is, there can be no questioning the importance of having clearly defined rules that everyone understands and can stick to. Recent events have shown that ambiguity could have big consequences

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021
The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021's title fight climax Prime

The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021's title fight climax

OPINION: Red Bull has had Formula 1’s fastest package for most of 2021, but in several of the title run-in events it has wasted the RB16B’s potential. It cannot afford to do so again with Lewis Hamilton motoring back towards Max Verstappen in the drivers’ standings with two rounds remaining

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021
Qatar Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Qatar Grand Prix driver ratings

Qatar was a virtual unknown for most as Formula 1 made its inaugural visit to the Gulf state, and tyre management quickly emerged as an even more critical factor than normal. Perhaps then it should come as no surprise that two of the championship's elder statesmen produced standout drives

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2021