F1: Can Lewis Hamilton do it again?
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Ralf Schumacher has branded Lewis Hamilton “bloody dangerous” after colliding with Max Verstappen during the opening lap of the British Grand Prix, as the fall out from Sunday continues.
Verstappen, who started on pole, had the weaker of the starts off the line as the Mercedes driver chased him down from second place to try and gain control of the race.
The Dutchman defended hard as the pair entered Turn Nine, Copse Corner, with Verstappen on the outside of the track.
But disaster struck, as Verstappen’s right rear made contact with Hamilton’s front left, sending the 23-year-old spinning across the gravel and directly into the tyre wall.
The Red Bull driver was able to extract himself from the car and walk away, however appeared visibly winded after the 51G shunt, and was subsequently transferred for further checks at a local hospital, before being discharged later that evening with no major injuries.
In the aftermath, team principal Christian Horner was fuming, branding Hamilton a “dirty driver” who drove like an “amateur” while chief advisor Helmut Marko demanded the FIA slap him with a race ban.
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Mercedes however defended their driver, dismissing any suggestion Hamilton was undeserving of his victory, adding “a win is a win” and that they will “put it on the scorecard and move on.”
But Schumacher, former F1 driver and younger brother of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, believes it was “dangerous” from Hamilton.
”Lewis made an error of judgment, it wasn’t a typical overtaking corner,” Schumacher told Sky Germany.
“As long as you have that stupid rule that you have to leave room on the outside, it just doesn’t work.
“If Lewis had stayed there, he would have pushed Max off the track.
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”He realised that and it was a bit too dangerous for him – overtaking is only possible if you are clearly ahead and he wasn’t.
“He pulls out and drives into the back wheel. This is a classic, we know from karting, which should not happen.
“It’s b****y dangerous at this point. I see the fault with Hamilton, he was too optimistic and could have cut into the corner more sharply.
“I see the fault with Hamilton, he was too optimistic and could have approached sharply.”
Verstappen still leads the way by eight points, after having his 33 point lead slashed during the weekend after his DNF.
Hamilton meanwhile picked up a ten-second time penalty for the incident, but still managed to claw his way back to victory at his home Grand Prix.
BMW Motorsport works driver and former F1 driver Timo Glock also spoke to Sky Germany and called for a harsher punishment for Hamilton after this maneuver, saying: “Ten seconds is not the right penalty if then there should have been a tougher one.
“It is clear that the Red Bull camp is being shot at and aggressively advanced to ask for a penalty. “
The saga continues in two weeks’ time as Formula One heads to Hungary for Round 11 of the championship in Budapest.
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