Lewis Hamilton: “I don’t believe our behaviour was disrespectful”

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Lewis Hamilton says he called Max Verstappen to “check he feels okay and let him know that the respect is still there”, but he admits “perhaps it is not reciprocated”.

There have been a lot of harsh words from Max Verstappen and Red Bull aimed at Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes for their post British Grand Prix celebration.

They said on numerous occasions that the celebration was “disrespectful” because at the time Verstappen was in the hospital. However, they always fail to mention that Max was undergoing precautionary checkups, and was otherwise unharmed.

At the Hungarian Grand Prix Thursday press conference Hamilton explained his perspective on the celebration.

“I don’t believe our behaviour was disrespectful,” said the Briton.

“But as I said, it’s one thing knowing and then celebrating what happened, and one thing not knowing and celebrating. And as I told you I wasn’t aware.

“But it’s my home grand prix, and we worked incredibly hard for who knows how long to get a result like that.

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“And what a monumental moment it was for us to experience the whole home crowd, being there for the first time, obviously since last year was missed, and emotions were running high.

“It wasn’t like an intentional celebration. It was just the joy of seeing so many people celebrating being together and that’s the natural emotion, I’m not going to hide my emotions.

“And it was an amazing feeling to see so many people. ”

Lewis goes on to give details on his post-race phone conversation with Max Verstappen.

“I did give Max a call after the race to just check he feels okay and let him know that the respect is still there,” he said.

“Perhaps it is not reciprocated, but that’s okay,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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