Red Bull ace Max Verstappen has hit out at Sir Lewis Hamilton on social media following their high-speed coming together on the opening lap of the 2021 British Grand Prix.
Posting on multiple platforms just hours after the race, which Hamilton won despite having to serve a 10-second penalty, Verstappen labelled his celebrations as “disrespectful” and “unsportsmanlike.”
Verstappen went on to describe Hamilton’s driving as dangerous and claimed that the 10-second penalty for the manoeuvre did “not help us [Red Bull] at all.”
Hamilton responded by publicly giving his “best wishes to Max”, whilst describing Verstappen as an “incredible competitor.”
The seven-time World Champion branded his own racing as “hard but fair” and he gave no mention of the penalty which many commentators have described as lenient.
Other drivers on the F1 grid remained publicly unbiased, keeping their comments to a minimum.
In the post-race conference, Leclerc labelled the crash a “racing incident” and said that it is “difficult to put the blame on one or the other.”
The Ferrari driver, who was in P3 as Hamilton and Verstappen collided, suggested that both drivers were arguably to blame, stating that “Max was quite aggressive on the outside” but adding that “Lewis was not completely at the apex.”
Meanwhile, Carlos Sainz said the crash was “very difficult to judge”, whilst Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas described the two drivers as “fighting hard” and said these things “can happen.”
One person not mincing their words was Verstappen’s partner of nine months, Kelly Piquet, who gave her unfiltered yet biased opinion of the incident.
Alongside a picture of Verstappen’s post, Piquet wrote: “Call it what you want, mistake, race incident (even though clearly a misjudgement from Lewis and his fault)”.
Piquet went on to reiterate Verstappen’s position that the 10-second penalty was not adequate.