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“I Will Never Back Down, Be Bullied”: Hamilton Sends a Message to ‘Aggressive’ Verstappen

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After an intense 52 laps at Silverstone, Lewis Hamilton got here dwelling to take a record-extending eighth British Grand Prix victory. Though the Briton left it late to make the transfer on Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen’s crash on Lap 1 marred his victory.

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Nonetheless, the defending champion delivered a powerful message to his championship rival after the race.

Lewis Hamilton irate with Max Verstappen after their collision in Lap 1

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Whereas each drivers made good begins to the race, Hamilton seemed faster off the road. Though the Briton negotiated the primary few corners very properly, Verstappen defended magnificently to maintain the lead. Nonetheless, catastrophe struck the Dutchman as Hamilton clipped him heading into Flip 9.

Throughout the pink flags that the incident introduced out, the FIA gave the Briton a 10-second penalty for the collision. Regardless of Hamilton serving the penalty throughout his solely pit cease, he caught Leclerc within the ultimate few laps to seal the victory.

Components One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the rostrum with the trophy after profitable the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Though the Briton wasn’t conscious of Verstappen going to a neighborhood hospital for precautionary checks, he admitted the Dutchman’s aggressive nature led to the incident. He stated, “When somebody’s simply too aggressive, this stuff are certain to occur. There’s not a single driver right here that doesn’t know the way aggressive a driver could be”

Along with that, he revealed incidents like these wouldn’t trigger him to alter his driving fashion. “In fact, I might like to have a wheel-to-wheel battle for the entire race. I get pleasure from racing with him and I’m trying ahead. However, I’ll by no means again down from anybody.

“And, I’ll naturally not be bullied into being much less aggressive. I feel as we speak, this weekend, we would have liked the factors and there was a niche, he left the hole and I went for it.”

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Though the Briton confronted a tricky problem after the crash, he admitted the incident didn’t have an effect on him an excessive amount of. He stated, “I don’t really feel something now. I simply channel it into my driving, which I did. And I’m so proud for us to have the ability to do this in entrance of the gang.”

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Together with his fourth win of the season, Hamilton closed the hole to Verstappen to simply eight factors within the driver’s championship. Whereas this places the Briton in good stead heading into the Hungarian Grand Prix, followers will anticipate Verstappen to make a powerful comeback on the Hungaroring.

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