Among the most dangerous and worried moments of this Formula 1 season, the episode that took place in the opening bars of the British Grand Prix, where we witnessed the ugly accident occurred a Max Verstappen. The Red Bull driver crashed violently against the barriers after a contact with Lewis Hamilton at the corner Copse, which occurred at very high speed. The medical team and the marshals immediately rescued the Dutchman, who fortunately came out of the car on his own legs and did not experience serious consequences after the accident, to the point of continuing regularly for the rest of the season.
Almost exactly three months after the incident, the Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner, returned to talk about that episode on the microphones of Channel 4, specifically explaining the moments immediately following the crash and Verstappen’s recovery: “What happened at Silverstone – said the British manager – it had disappointed him a lot, especially after all the hard work that weekend: he had won the Sprint Qualifying, he was on pole for the race and at the start he had slipped to second place, but he would have had the advantage of being able to manage the position. He tried the attack on the Wellington Straight and then there was the accident. It was a 51 G impact that even broke the seat; I believe that knocked him out and, for sure, it was the worst accident of his career. It was tough for him, not least because he was disappointed with the damage. However, he recovered rather quickly, to the point that, the next day, he showed up saying: ‘if I had to do the race again today, I could do it. Battered and bruised it would be painful, but I could do it ‘”.
In addition to not having liked the celebrations on the podium of Hamilton, then winner of the race, Horner wanted to specify the differences between the two accidents that involved the relative drivers at Silverstone and Monza, underlining how the most serious was that of Verstappen: “I really think they are totally different – he analyzed – Max hit the barriers at 51 G and 260 km / h, was KOed and was transported to the hospital. There are big differences compared to that of Monza, where he had seen Lewis trying to get back on track. He had even heard the engine as he attempted to reverse. He knew Lewis was fine, so much so that the Medical Car didn’t even intervene at the crash site. It is a completely different scenario – he concluded – and he was only disappointed by the fact that he had not been able to obtain an important result in Monza ”.