The accident, then the obvious controversy. At Silverstone, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have given rise not only to an accident but also to a fire of controversy that lasted two weeks and which does not intend to go out even after the rejection of the Red Bull appeal against the ten-second penalty imposed on the British. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff kept the point on one thing, not happy with the political victory over rivals: the word ‘amatourial‘, which translated means’ as a beginner’, referring to Hamilton’s mistake at the Copse, with the British who hit the rival sending him towards the barriers.
These are the words of the Austrian team principal: “They are the races. They are dangerous and that is why respect and a cool head must prevail on the track. I think you can only rely on the information you have and the information we had at the time was that of Chris Horner himself: we knew Max was unharmed by his words and those of another senior member of the Red Bull team (probably Helmut Marko, ed), to which I had asked if he was okay, receiving a positive response. On the way to the podium we asked the reporters if Max was okay and they all said yes“He told the British broadcaster Sky F1 TV. “We won the British Grand Prix after losing five races and it was Lewis’ home Grand Prix – that’s why we celebrated a lot, but it depends on the perspective we take.“.
“Consistency is very important and the stewards felt this maneuver deserved a 10 second penalty. And I think we, as a team, need to have the consistency in separating right from wrong, regardless of what might be appropriate at the moment. The commissioners do a difficult job because the accidents are different. At the moment the 10 second penalty seemed tough, we thought the race was lost, but in the end it went well for us“, He added in more conciliatory terms. “There is never a situation in life where there is 100% right and 0% wrong, or vice versa. Looking at the comments, there is 50% of the blame, and for sure some of Red Bull’s comments were dictated by emotion and hurt a seven-time world champion like Hamilton. Words like ‘amateur’ shouldn’t have a place in our world. This triggered an avalanche of social media comments and added further polarization, while we should be tasked with calming the tone. I think that you have to respect your rivals and I have no problem saying that so far they have done a great job on the track“.