The contact between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix cost the Dutch driver a hard impact against the barriers outside the Copse, with a strength of 51G. Thanks to the safety of the Silverstone track and the protective measures of the cockpit of his Red Bull, the young talent of the Anglo-Austrian team came out practically unscathed from the accident, with a bit of dizziness and a stiff neck. Who dedicated his life to the theme of safety on the track was Jackie Stewart, Scottish legend of motoring, winner of three world titles in 1969, 1971 and 1973: “The incident between Lewis and Max was really upsetting for me. Had it happened in my time and even just after my retirement, Verstappen would not have survived. The circuits are really safe now, the escape routes are wide and the car’s structure has withstood a huge G-force. I think it was a good example of what Silverstone did to make the track safer ”.
The 82 year old former standard bearer of BRM, Matra and Tyrrell then wanted to point the finger at the too light penalties: “The pilots take more freedom than in the past because the penalties are not that big. Now everything is very safe and I think the riders are taking too many risks. The first lap of Silverstone was a clear example of this, as both drivers were going too fast considering they were at the start of the race. But for me this of penalties is a topic to be addressed again, even if unfortunately something is only done when something big happens or a life is lost.Jackie Stewart noted bitterly on the Talksport Breakfast podcast.