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Max Verstappen has made overly aggressive moves on several occasions, where crashes have been avoided only because the other party decided to give ground
Verstappen’s part in the Silverstone clash
I live in Norfolk, where the expression ‘you reap what you sow’ remains popular. Perhaps it could help provide some context to last Sunday’s crash at the British Grand Prix.
Since his arrival in Formula 1, Max Verstappen has made overly aggressive moves on several occasions, where crashes have been avoided only because the other party decided to give ground.
On Sunday, I classed it a racing incident (split 60/40 to Lewis Hamilton, as he was struggling to make the apex), but the seeds to this crash were not sown by Lewis’s lunge at Copse, or Max’s poor exit from Woodcote. They were sown across the numerous incidents where Max has (largely) got away with questionable moves. To be clear, this is not an anti-verstappen rant; he’s a brilliant driver and amazing to watch. His error lies in expecting other drivers not to adopt the same take-no-prisoners mentality.
Without wishing to sound flippant about a crash that could have resulted in far worse than a precautionary trip to hospital, Max has now had a 51g reminder that they will. Rather than call Lewis unsporting, he might like to reflect on what he would’ve done had the positions been reversed. I think we all know.
Weak penalty sends out the wrong message
As someone who has followed Lewis since my boys competed against him in karting, I have always been impressed by his fair tactics, but he let emotion get the better of him at Silverstone.
Max was leading the race and had position, and Lewis ran into him with such force that it ripped the wheel and wishbone off. The fact he was then given a soft penalty by the stewards, and was able to come in to have a new nose, tyres etc and‘win’the race gives out the wrong message to youngsters starting racing.
When taking your drivers through their ARDS course we are at pains to point out that ours is a non-contact sport and any breeches of that will be dealt with by stewards in a robust way and they will not gain an advantage from it.
Richard Ames, race licence holder and ARDS instructor
Thanks to UK motorsport’s volunteers
As with broader society, the past 18 months have been gruelling for the motorsport community, however the fact that Silverstone have successfully welcomed a capacity crowd back to the venue for the 2021 Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix is a feat of Herculean proportions by all involved in the delivery of the world’s largest sporting event in 18 months.
Despite his incredibly successful career, Lewis Hamilton has never forgotten his roots, as he demonstrated when he visited Motorsport UK’S new headquarters at Bicester Heritage to open the building and greet all those working incredibly hard.
The British GP has always been an incredible feat of organisation, and once again we want to pay tribute to those at the heart of the operation – the army of volunteers without whom none of this would be possible. Current times have called for additional resilience, commitment and attention to detail. Once again, the army of officials rose to the challenge and delivered in spades.
Simply saying thank you seems to fall short, however this weekend you exemplified the strength, passion, commitment, expertise and experience of UK motorsport’s greatest asset, our volunteer officials’ community.
Hugh Chambers, Motorsport UK chief executive
Stuart Pringle, Silverstone Circuits managing director