WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Lewis Hamilton should face suspension for his role in the crash with Max Verstappen at Formula 1’s British Grand Prix, according to Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko.
- The high-speed crash led to the British GP getting red-flagged after the opening lap.
- Officials said that Hamilton is to blame for the crash, but the racecar driver insisted that Verstappen did not leave him enough room before the collision.
The opening lap at Silverstone had Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen clashing at Copse corner as they fought for the lead. The crash pitched Red Bull driver Verstappen hard into the barriers.
The Formula 1’s British Grand Prix race stewards ruled that it was Hamilton’s fault and handed him a 10-second time penalty.
However, Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko believes that a tougher sanction is justified. He told Sky Germany that the crash was not a normal incident.
Marko told the outlet that a normal penalty is not enough: “You can’t do that with the normal sporting code. I don’t know what the maximum penalty would be, but such dangerous and reckless behaviour should be punished with a suspension or something.”
Marko explained that drivers should know the appropriate actions in a high-speed corner like Copse.
He stated, “If a competitor massively touches our rear wheel with his front wheel, then that’s no longer a racing accident in the fastest corner of the course. That is negligent to dangerous behaviour.”
Reacting to the suggestion that Mercedes believes the blame is on Verstappen instead, Marko replied, “Then they are all blind. The replays showed that quite clearly. He went into our right rear wheel with his left front wheel and sent Verstappen into the barrier.”
According to Red Bull, Verstappen’s impact with the tire barrier registered at 51G. The race had to be red-flagged to allow for repairs.
Christian Edward Johnston Horner, the British Team Principal of the Red Bull Racing Formula One team, contacted F1 race director Michael Masi to emphasize Hamilton’s fault.
Horner stated, “As far as I’m concerned, full blame lays on Hamilton who should never have been in that position. You could have had a massive accident. Thank God he’s walked away unscathed. So, I hope you’re going to deal with it appropriately.”
Source: Motor Sport