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F1 reject Red Bull penalty request over Hamilton-Verstappen collision


Eleven days on from the accident which has lit the blue touch paper on this season’s Formula One fight, Hamilton – despite being deemed “predominantly at fault” by the stewards – insisted he had no regrets, and knocked back Verstappen’s suggestion that his victory celebrations in front of 140,000 partisan British fans were “disrespectful”.

Verstappen first made the claim from his hospital bed in Coventry in the hours after Hamilton’s controversial win, and here in Hungary – speaking for the first time since the crash at Copse corner which registered at an extraordinary 51G – he then took aim at Hamilton and Mercedes’ integrity by claiming their exuberant celebrations “show what they are really like”.

On Thursday afternoon, Verstappen’s Red Bull team presented a dossier – understood to be more than 20 pages – to the British GP stewards in the hope Hamilton’s 10-second penalty, which they considered lenient, would be reviewed.

But the stewards were unmoved by Red Bull’s evidence log, with Hamilton’s 99th win, which sees him head into Sunday’s race just eight points adrift of Verstappen, standing.

Asked if he would repeat the same move, seven-time world champion Hamilton replied: “I would do it exactly the way I did last time.

“In terms of how I reviewed it, analysed it, and with all my experience – and over the years I have been through a lot – I wouldn’t change it.

“I don’t believe our behaviour was disrespectful. I really was not aware that he was in hospital.

“I saw on the screen that he had got out of the car. It is one thing knowing and celebrating what happened, and it is another thing not knowing and celebrating. Obviously, I wasn’t aware.

“It was my home grand prix and we worked incredibly hard for God knows how long to get a result like that. It was a monumental moment for us to experience with the home crowd being there for the first time in two years.

“Emotions were running high and it wasn’t an intentional celebration, it was natural, and I am not going to hide how I feel.”


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