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Hamilton wins British Grand Prix after collision with Verstappen who was taken to hospital

Written by on 18/07/2021

Lewis Hamilton has won the British Grand Prix following a race which saw him and F1 title rival Max Verstappen collide on the opening lap.

Verstappen crashed out when Mercedes driver Hamilton dived down his inside on the entry to Copse at 180mph, with the British driver tagging the rear of the Red Bull car.

The Belgian-Dutch driver was sent out of control and crashed into the wall in the high-speed accident at Silverstone.

Hamilton was given a 10-second time penalty for causing a collision.

Lewis Hamilton (L) and Red Bull driver Max Verstappen at the start of the Grand Prix
Image: Lewis Hamilton (L) and Red Bull driver Max Verstappen at the start of the Grand Prix

Verstappen, 23, remained in his cockpit for several moments before emerging and was taken away in an ambulance.

“Is Max OK?” said Hamilton over the radio. “He is out of the car,” Hamilton’s race engineer Peter Bonnington replied.

“I was ahead going in there,” said Hamilton. “I was fully inside, it was my line, and he turned in on me.”

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Red Bull said Verstappen had been “taken to a local hospital for further precautionary tests” after being assessed at the track’s medical centre.

Verstappen was slow to exit his car but waved to the crowd as he headed to the medical centre.

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Formula One F1 - British Grand Prix - Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain - July 18, 2021 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
Image: Lewis Hamilton has won the British Grand Prix

Hamilton passed Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc with only two-and-a-half laps remaining of the race in front of 140,000 spectators at Silverstone.

Speaking of the collision, Red Bull boss Christian Horner, put the blame on Hamilton, telling race control: “That’s an enormous accident and it was 100% Max’s corner.

“As far as I’m concerned, full blame lies on Hamilton. You could have had a massive accident and thank God he walks away unscathed. I hope you are going to deal with it properly.”

Hamilton’s win – his eighth on home turf – moved him to within eight points of Verstappen in the drivers world championship.

Verstappen had won three consecutive races headed into the British Grand Prix and holds a 33-point lead in the standings over Hamilton, who has not won since 9 May.

 Sky News

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