“You pushed the guy into the wall at 51G”– Max Verstappen lashes out at Mercedes while recalling their celebrations at Silverstone.
Max Verstappen was not delighted while watching Lewis Hamilton waving the British flag after the end of the British Grand Prix a fortnight ago, and now ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, he lashes out at Mercedes.
The 23-year-old driver talks about how disrespectful he viewed those celebrations by Mercedes while he was taken to the hospital after surviving a 51G crash.
“If you mean with disrespectful, [it’s] when one guy is in the hospital and the other one is waving the flag around like nothing has happened, while you pushed the [other] guy into the wall at 51G,” said Verstappen.
“And not only that, just the whole reaction of the team besides that, I think. That’s not how you celebrate the win, especially a win how they got it.
“So yeah, that’s what I found really disrespectful and in a way I mean it shows how they really are, you know. It comes out after a pressured situation. But I wouldn’t want to be seen like that.”
I can’t change the outcome.
Verstappen then confirms that Hamilton called him later after the incident, but the Dutchman doesn’t want to go into the conversation details.
Max Verstappen confirms in the press conference Lewis Hamilton phoned him about their crash 📞
— Autosport (@autosport) July 29, 2021
“Yeah he did call me, I don’t need to go into details about that but we did have a chat,” the Dutchman said. He also admits that he can’t change the outcome of the last race and wouldn’t prefer to involve himself in any media hype about it.
“You anyway can’t change the outcome,” he said. “I mean, I’m not happy with what happened there, especially to lose that many points due to someone else, but it’s what it is.
“I can’t really say a lot more about it, you know. I hit the wall quite hard, which is never what you want, but yeah, we’ll try, of course, have a good weekend here.”