Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff warned Max Verstappen and Red Bull they “never give up” after a huge win in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Championship rivals Hamilton and Verstappen went wheel to wheel on the opening lap before colliding at high-speed around Copse Corner.
Verstappen was sent hurtling into the tyre barrier at high-speed and, after walking away, was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.
Red Bull chief Christian Horner was left furious whilst Verstappen’s car was wrecked as Hamilton was handed a 10-second penalty for his role in the collision.
The penalty left Hamilton up against it but he hunted down Charles LeClerc and passed the Ferrari with three laps remaining to take the chequered flag.
With Verstappen out of the points, it was a huge moment in the title race moving Hamilton within eight points of his rival.
After the race, Hamilton and Wolff outlined on the team radio that they can never be counted out in a warning to their rivals they will take the fight to the end of the season.
“Lewis we never give up! We never give up! This is still on!!,” Wolff told Hamilton.
Hamilton responded: ”Damn right Toto!! Damn right!! I wan’t to say a big thanks to all the fans here. I couldn’t do it without you guys!!”
Speaking to his team over the radio, Hamilton added: “What a great job guys!! This goes to everyone back at the team, at the factory. Thanks for keeping pushing. There’s a long way to go but I believe in you!!”
Speaking on the podium, Hamilton went on to blame Verstappen for their crash, reiterating the view he expressed on the team radio shortly after the crash.
“Of course, always try to be measured in how I approach, particularly battling with Max,” Hamilton said.
“He’s very aggressive, today I was fully alongside him and he didn’t leave me any space.
“But regardless of if I agreed with the penalty, I just took it on the chin and just kept working. I wasn’t going to let anything get in the way.”
A furious Horner continued his protests after the race, remarking “I hope Lewis is very happy with himself” and branding it a “hollow victory”.
Horner said: “It shouldn’t be like that, to be honest with you.
“Max has incurred a 51g accident. Lewis Hamilton is an eight-time world champion, he shouldn’t be making manoeuvres like that. It’s unacceptable.
“Thank goodness, the biggest result for us today is that he’s uninjured, he’s having to go to hospital for [precautionary checks.
“I hope Lewis is very happy with himself.
“He stuck a wheel up the inside in a corner you just know you don’t do that. You just don’t stick a wheel up the inside at Copse, in that corner, in those circumstances.
“He was nowhere near ahead, it was contact, left front to right rear, and the speed they’re travelling, it’s one of the fastest corners in the championship.
“Lewis has got more than enough experience to know that’s unacceptable and, as I say, I”m just very disappointed that a driver of his calibre should make such a move.
“It’s dangerous, he’s put a competitor at risk, it looked desperate and, thank goodness uninjured, he’s in hospital getting himself checked out.
“I don’t care what Lewis says, have a look on your own analysis, draw your own comparisons.
“For me, that’s a hollow victory.”
“It wasn’t much of a penalty really, was it,” he added.