Lewis Hamilton scored an amazing victory at the British Grand Prix despite receiving a 10 second penalty for colliding with Max Verstappen on the opening lap.
Since the incident ended with Max out of the race, Red Bull is calling for a harsher penalty. However, Lewis doesn’t believe he was at fault.
“I’ve been giving my all this past week,” said the Briton after the race.
“I’ve been in the factory just giving absolutely everything. I’ve been trying to uncover performance for the car with the guys and I’m so proud of everyone for just continuing to work, even though we’ve had a bit of a deficit.
“Of course, I always try to be measured in how I approach things, particularly with battling with Max. You know he’s very aggressive. And then today, I mean I was fully alongside him, and he didn’t leave me space.
“But regardless of whether I agree with the penalty, I’ll take it on the chin and I just kept working. I was like ‘I’m not going to let anything get in the way’.”
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Afterwards, Lewis told Sky F1 cameras that he was even angry with Verstappen after the collision.
“I was angry after the collision with Max. I don’t feel like he needs to be so aggressive. We went into Turn 6 and we were almost wheel to wheel. It looks cool, but I was trying to give him space.
“I was on the inside of Turn 9 for quite a while and none of us were slowing down and then this was the end result.”
Asked if he believed this incident has put a blemish on his victory, the Briton said he didn’t think so.
“Honestly no. This is racing. If someone is too aggressive, then things like this are lurking. There’s no driver who doesn’t know how aggressive a driver can be.
“I hope he’s okay. I would have loved to have been up against him for the whole race.
“I’m not going to back down, against any driver,” concluded the seven-time champion.