Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has revealed that Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was the only F1 team boss not to message him after he suffered a high-impact collision on the first lap of the British GP earlier this month.
The Championship leader crashed out of the race in dramatic fashion after tangling with Sir Lewis Hamilton at Copse, and the seven-time World Champion was handed a 10-second time penalty by the stewards after they found him to be responsible for the incident.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, Verstappen revealed that every team principal, with the exception of Wolff, spoke to him after the last race.
“Yes, but that is normal,” Verstappen replied when asked about his call with Hamilton.
“All the other drivers, other team bosses have already sent me a message or something. That is normal,” he added.
Asked if Wolff also spoke to him, the Dutch ace said “no.”
Continuing, Verstappen said that Hamilton didn’t apologise for the incident and the Championship leader said he is focused on outscoring the seven-time World Champion this weekend.
“No, not apologised,” Verstappen replied when asked if Hamilton had apologised.
“In the end, it doesn’t matter. Of course I wasn’t happy with what happened. I’m still not. I don’t think it was my fault. I gave him a lot of space and in the end he drove with understeer into my car.
“Of course it’s a pity we lost so many points. Now we have to make sure we get a lot of points back this weekend [in Hungary],” he added.
Earlier this week, Red Bull’s challenge of the stewards’ verdict of the first-lap incident was rejected, with the stewards deciding that the new evidence they presented wasn’t sufficient to warrant a fresh investigation into the crash.