Christian Horner blasts ‘desperate’ Lewis Hamilton – ‘That’s a hollow victory’

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Christian Horner has blasted Lewis Hamilton and labelled him as ‘desperate’ after Max Verstappen ended up in hospital after a collision with the seven-time world champion on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix. Horner described the win as ‘hallow’ and claimed he had ‘put a competitor at risk’ with his actions.

After an electric start from his main title rival, Verstappen fought hard for position as the seven-time world champion pilled the pressure on the 23-year-old.

The duo went wheel-to-wheel in some of the closest racing we’ve seen all season between the pair, with a fire lit under Hamilton’s belly in front of his home crowd.

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But disaster struck when Hamilton’s front right tyre made contact with the rear left of Verstappen’s Red Bull, which sent the Dutchman spinning hard into the barriers and out of the Grand Prix at turn nine of the opening lap of the race.

The incident brought out the red flag, with Red Bull immediately on the radio to the race director, placing the blame firmly on Hamilton.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1, the Red Bull boss said: “Max has incurred a 51g accident. Lewis Hamilton is an eight-time world champion, he shouldn’t be making manoeuvres like that. It’s unacceptable.

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“Thank goodness, the biggest result for us today is that he’s uninjured, he’s having to go to hospital for [precautionary checks.]

“I hope Lewis is very happy with himself, he stuck a wheel up the inside in a corner you just know you don’t do that. You just don’t stick a wheel up the inside at Copse, in that corner, in those circumstances.

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“He was nowhere near ahead, it was contact, left front to right rear, and the speed they’re travelling, it’s one of the fastest corners in the championship.

“Lewis has got more than enough experience to know that’s unacceptable and, as I say, I”m just very disappointed that a driver of his calibre should make such a move.

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“It’s dangerous, he’s put a competitor at risk, it looked desperate and thank goodness he was uninjured. Max is in hospital getting himself checked out.

“I don’t care what Lewis has to say, have a look on your own analysis, draw your own comparisons, for me, that’s a hollow victory.”

Hamilton picked up a ten-second penalty for causing a collision with Verstappen, however, Horner added he didn’t believe it was enough of a punishment. 

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“It wasn’t much of a penalty really, was it,” he added. 

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Dr. Ian Roberts, the FIA Formula One Medical Rescue Coordinator, was asked how Verstappen was in the immediate aftermath of the crash.

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He told Sky Sports: “A little bit winded to say the least and got out with a little bit of help and off to hospital for the routine check-ups.

“As we were coming round the corner and saw the screen, it looked as if we were looking at a roll.

“Fortunately not, but it was still pretty impressive impact into the tyres there.”

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140,000 people watched the drama unfold at Silverstone circuit, as the seven-time world champion looks to fight back this season.

Mercedes also massive cut Red Bull’s advantage in the Constructor’s Championship to just four points heading to

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