Wednesday July 21, 2021
After a wild high-speed crash
Hamilton’s boss counters allegations from Red Bull
The accident between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen last weekend in Formula 1 continues to cause a lot of discussion. Huge allegations are made against the champion Hamilton. And others from Verstappen’s teams. The team boss of the Englishman now counters.
After the fiercely discussed momentous high-speed crash between Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and world championship leader Max Verstappen, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff does not justify blaming Hamilton in an absolutely clear way. “There are two racing drivers – one a seven-time champion who has not exactly noticed in the past that he is driving aggressively – who simply collided. Of course, that makes the emotions rise, but in this case you cannot clearly assign blame”, said the Austrian in an interview with RTL / ntv.
Mercedes driver Hamilton collided with Verstappen on the first lap of his home race at Silverstone last Sunday. The Dutchman (23) crashed into the tire wall after touching the wheels. Hamilton won despite a ten-second penalty and shortened the World Cup deficit on Verstappen to just eight points. Verstappen and his Red Bull team had severely criticized Hamilton for the duel and called for harsher punishment.
“You can see from the comments, especially the drivers, that it is not very clear, it is probably a 50:50 situation. Leclerc and Alonso, for example, blame Verstappen. I don’t want to point the blame at all, it’s tough racing what happened between the two, “said Wolff.
Wolff also disregarded the Red Bull allegations that Hamilton’s maneuver was an “act of desperation” with regard to the World Cup status and continued to protect his pilot. “He has proven in the past that he is not looking for such actions as to knock someone off the track or to collide. Quite the opposite: in many recent races he has shown that when in doubt he takes himself out of the situation that he simply gives in and does not enter into a collision, “said Wolff.