Chris Harris says Verstappen could ‘regret’ jibe at Hamilton’s ‘disrespectful’ celebration
Chris Harris, 46, has addressed a tweet from Max Verstappen, 23, who hit out at his F1 opponent Lewis Hamilton, 36, this evening after he won the British Grand Prix. The Dutch racing driver said he is “very disappointed” to have been taken out of the race today after colliding with Lewis in a horror crash.
Max typed in an impassioned post: “First of all: I am glad I’m ok. It was quite an impact at 51G but feeling better.
“Obviously very disappointed with being taken out like this.
“The penalty given does not help us in any way and doesn’t do justice to the dangerous move Lewis made on track.
“Watching the celebrations after the race while still in hospital is disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behaviour but we move on,” he added.
In response, Top Gear host Chris said he thought Max may come to “regret” his remarks.
He wrote on Twitter: “I’m a Lewis fan. And a Max fan. But Max’s tweet is one I think he might come to regret.”
Whilst fans were left divided, as they queried both drivers actions on the track.
One said: “Regardless of who you support I think it’s safe to say that Max would have won today with the pace he had and Lewis knew that. Either way, you look at it, it was a nasty crash and it did seem desperate for the 1st lap. I don’t think Lewis really cared how hurt Max was and it showed.”
A second replied: “I disagree on the basis that Max was trying to defend on the straight, Lewis tried to go left and Max cut him off so he went to the inside. It’s a racing incident and nothing else.”
While a third commented: “They were both at fault, both expected the other to back out. But, we all want to see wheel to wheel racing, right? There will always be winners and losers.”
Lewis, whose post-race celebrations were similar to his usual at Silverstone, said he was not aware that Max was in hospital.
In an interview with Sky F1 before the 23-year-old posted his message, Lewis, when told of the news, stated: “I didn’t know that. I hope he’s OK.
“Of course I would love to have a wheel-to-wheel battle with him for the whole race.”
Lewis appeared delighted to have won his eighth victory in the British Grand Prix after he fought back from a 10-second penalty for a crash with title rival Max to pass Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc for a dramatic victory.
The 36-year-old was blamed for a collision with Max’s Red Bull at Copse corner on the first lap of the race, which led to the Dutchman crashing out.
Despite initial concerns, Max climbed out of his car seemingly unscathed, albeit appearing sore as he was checked over by marshals and medics before going to hospital.
The Dutchman who started on pole position was attempting to get back around home favourite Lewis but his right rear wheel clipped the front left of the Mercedes.
There was huge debate over the potential penalty for Lewis prior to the restart, with Red Bull team boss Christian Horner calling race director Michael Masi to express his belief Hamilton was firmly to blame.
“Michael, look, that corner, he was never anywhere near alongside,” Horner said.
“Every driver who has driven at this circuit knows you do not stick a wheel up the inside at Copse.
‘That’s an enormous accident and it was Max’s corner. As far as I’m concerned, full blame is on Hamilton for that incident, he should never have been in that position. Thank god he’s walked away unscathed.”
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