Lewis Hamilton refuses to apologise after Max Verstappen crash controversyJuly 19, 2021
Lewis Hamilton said he will continue to race ‘hard but fairly’ after Max Verstappen accused the Briton of being dangerous, disrespectful and unsportsmanlike following their 190mph collision at the British Grand Prix.
Verstappen was released from hospital on Sunday night, seven hours after his high-speed crash with Hamilton on the opening lap of the Silverstone race.
Hamilton was dealt a 10-second penalty for the accident but, despite the repercussion of his actions, the world champion felt no need to apologise in the face of heavy criticism.
The 36-year-old ultimately recovered from fourth to pass Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc for victory with two laps remaining, slashing the championship deficit to Verstappen from 33 points to just eight.
Following the crash, Verstappen was taken in an ambulance to the on-track medical centre and then to Coventry Hospital, 40 miles outside of Silverstone, for further checks and a CT scan.
His Red Bull team confirmed he was given the all-clear to leave ‘without any major injuries’ late on Sunday night.
Earlier, Verstappen tweeted: ‘Glad I’m okay. Very disappointed with being taken out like this. The penalty given does not help us and doesn’t do justice to the dangerous move Lewis made on track.
But Hamilton said: ‘I don’t really have anything to say to Christian. The win doesn’t feel hollow.
‘I don’t think I am in a position to have to apologise for anything. We are out there racing.
‘I don’t agree with the stewards but I take my penalty on the chin and get on with my job. I am not going to whine about it.
‘Everyone is going to have a different opinion and I don’t really care what people think so I just do what I do and I am really grateful for today.’
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