“Concerted effort by the senior management of Red Bull Racing” – Mercedes have appealed to their arch-rivals Red Bull to stop personal attacks on Lewis Hamilton after their unsuccessful FIA review into the Max Verstappen British GP crash.
The drama of the Hamilton-Verstappen crash might finally be over after the FIA rejected Red Bull’s ‘right to review’ following a video conference with both the team.
Shortly after the announcement, Mercedes put up a statement on their social media handles appealing to Red Bull to stop their vicious personal attacks on Lewis Hamilton, and focus on the racing, and the championship.
“The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team welcomes the decision of the stewards to reject Red Bull Racing’s right of review.
“In addition to bringing this incident to a close, we hope that this decision will mark the end of a concerted effort by the senior management of Red Bull Racing to tarnish the good name and sporting integrity of Lewis Hamilton, including in the documents submitted for their unsuccessful right of review.
“We now look forward to going racing this weekend and to continue our hard-fought competitions for the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship.”
— Formula 1 (@F1) July 29, 2021
Hamilton spoke to Verstappen after British GP
One major reason for the alleged personal attacks was the way Lewis Hamilton celebrated his eventual win. He went around with the Union Jack around the grandstands while Max Verstappen was in the hospital.
This is what displeased Red Bull and their supporters. But Hamilton has now clarified he was unaware that Verstappen had suffered from a 51G crash. He also revealed calling the Dutchman to check how he was after his admission to the local hospital.
“As I said at the last race, I really was not aware that. I saw on the screen he had gotten out of the car and looked ok and was told he was fine. I wasn’t aware until the media press pens afterward that he had visited the hospital.
“None of us ever want to see another driver injured or in harm’s way or put a driver in harm’s way, but our focus is solely on this weekend.
“I did give Max a call after the race to check he feels ok and let him know the respect is still there, but obviously, it is perhaps not reciprocated but that’s ok.”