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Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen have spoken for the first time since their controversial crash at the British Grand Prix, reports suggest.
The pair tangled during the opening lap of the British Grand Prix, in front of 140,000 spectators at Silverstone, with the Red Bull driver spearing into the tyre wall after contact with the seven-time world champion at Copse Corner, a notoriously fast turn.
Verstappen was able to walk away from the crash but was sent to hospital for further checks, with no points on the board for the championship leader.
Mercedes star Hamilton meanwhile was slapped with a ten-second time penalty for causing a collision, which he eventually overcame in a stunning comeback to win the race outright.
Initially in the aftermath, Hamilton said he had nothing to apologise for after Red Bull boss Christian Horner accused him of putting Verstappen’s life at risk following his 180mph crash at Silverstone.
However Hamilton added that he would be contacting the championship leader after the weekend, as tensions between the pair seem to have hit boiling point.
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Red Bull confirmed the Dutchman is back home in Monaco, but still feeling a little sore after the crash, with a source confirming to RacingNews365.com that the two drivers have spoken, with no indication of who opened up the talks.
Horner was left raging after the incident, claiming Hamilton had put his driver’s life at risk with his actions.
“His actions have put in jeopardy another driver’s safety and for me that is unacceptable. Every Grand Prix driver knows that a move at that corner – one of the fastest in Formula One – is a massive, massive risk.
“You don’t put a wheel up the inside without there being huge consequences. We are just lucky that there wasn’t someone seriously hurt. What I am most angry about is just the lack of judgment and the desperation in this move. It was never on.
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“Lewis is a world champion that has won seven titles. It is an amateur’s mistake and a desperate mistake. Max is battered and bruised. It is the biggest accident of his career.”
Hamilton was blasted by Verstappen for his off-track celebrations, despite the Briton having no idea Verstappen had been taken to hospital for precautionary checks and a CT scan.
“I heard that Max is in hospital and that definitely concerns me,” said Hamilton.
“None of us here ever want to see a driver injured. That is never my intention and so I really hope he is OK, and I will hit him up after this to check he’s OK.
“We are in a battle and this year he has been very aggressive and I’ve had to concede and avoid incidents with him. As you saw yesterday once he is out in the clear he’s too fast. So when an opportunity comes I have to try and take it.
“I don’t agree with the stewards but I take my penalty on the chin and get on with my job. I am not going to whine about it. I don’t really care what people think so I just do what I do and I am really grateful for today.”
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