F1: Red Bull's Verstappen gets in shape for new season
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Red Bull have confirmed that Max Verstappen has been taken to a local hospital after a heavy crash during the British Grand Prix which saw Lewis Hamilton handed a ten-second time penalty for causing a collision.
A Red Bull statement read: “Following a first lap incident at Copse Corner between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix, we can confirm that Max Verstappen walked away from his car and was immediately taken to the Silverstone Circuit Medical Centre.”
“Following an assessment by the trackside doctors at Silverstone Circuit Medical Centre, Max Verstappen has been taken to a local hospital for further precautionary tests. Further updates will follow in due course.”
Verstappen was reportedly feeling dizzy after his huge crash, which saw the Red Bull driver cascade into the barriers and subsequently hit heavily into the tyre wall.
The Dutchman started on pole position, and had looked to extend his lead further over Hamilton, after winning the sprint qualifying race on Saturday, extending his lead to 33 points.
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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.
But disaster struck when Hamilton’s front right tyre made contact with the rear left of Verstappen’s Red Bull, which send 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.
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Red Bull boss Christian Horner was heard complaining the FIA race director Michael Masi asking for Hamilton to be punished for the incident.
“That corner, Hamilton was never anywhere near alongside,” Horner said.
“Every driver that’s driven this circuit knows you do not stick a wheel up the inside of Copse.
“That’s an enormous accident and it was 100 per cent Max’s corner. As far as I’m concerned, full blame is on Hamilton, who should never have been in that position.
“You could have had a massive accident. Thank god he’s walked away unscathed. I hope you’re going to deal with it appropriately.”
Mercedes pleaded their defence, saying: “Now I’ve had a chance to look at that footage, Lewis was significantly alongside on the inside of Turn Nine.”
Hamilton picked up a ten-place grid penalty for the collision after the stewards investigated the incident, which saw just one Red Bull remaining in the race.
Verstappen is going to continue leading the driver standings, with a 33-point cushion coming into the race.
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