Hamilton and Mercedes knew Verstappen was unharmed before celebrating

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Toto Wolff says Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton got feedback from Red Bull and the FIA that Max Verstappen was “fine”, before starting their post British Grand Prix celebrations.

After Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix, he celebrated in style in front of his home crowd. The grandiose celebration, however, didn’t sit well with Red Bull and Max Verstappen.

After the race Verstappen said it was “disrespectful” that Lewis celebrated his victory, while he was still in the hospital following his high-speed crash.

Red Bull advisor Dr. Helmut Marko said this celebration showed the “style” of Mercedes, implying that they didn’t care about Max’s wellbeing.

However, not only was Max’s hospital stay only a precautionary measure, but by the time the final lap of the race came, both Mercedes and Hamilton had the information that the Dutch driver was indeed “fine”.

“It’s important to understand all the feedback that we received,” Toto Wolff told Autosport.

“We had the feedback from senior management of Red Bull that Max was fine. Christian [Horner] mentioned it to [race director] Michael Masi on the intercom that he’s unharmed and fine, and the FIA gave us similar feedback.

“So at no point would we have celebrated if Max would have been injured. And I think that’s very important to understand.”

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Furthermore Wolff confirmed that Lewis didn’t even know Max was undergoing checks in the hospital until it was mentioned to him in post-race interviews.

“Lewis asked, even in the car as he was passing the accident, whether [Max] was out of the car. He got the response that he was out of the car himself.”

Asked if Lewis received an update on Max’s condition ahead of the podium celebration, Wolff said it wasn’t necessary.

“The only information we got was that Max was fine, and that’s why there was no need to further elaborate to Lewis.”

The Austrian also explained how important it was for the whole team to blow off steam after a difficult five-race period where Red Bull dominated.

“We must not forget that we won a grand prix after five negative weekends. It was Lewis winning the British Grand Prix, and it’s clear that that makes the emotions go high.

“As far as the comments that were made, sometimes defamatory, sometimes very personal, I think everyone needs to do it their way.

“We just see it, but from my standpoint, there is nothing really to say to that,” concluded Wolff.

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