Verstappen and Hamilton collided at high speed while battling for the lead in the first lap of the British Grand Prix, resulting in a 51G drop for Verstappen at Copse.
The Mercedes driver Hamilton was found primarily responsible for the crash, resulting in a 10-second penalty, but he recovered to win the race and reduced Verstappen’s lead to the top of the drivers’ championship.
The incident prompted an angry reaction from Red Bull F1 chief Christian Horner, who called Hamilton’s decision “hopeless” and “amateurish,” and criticized Mercedes’ decision to celebrate while Verstappen was checked in hospital.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff felt Red Bull had gone too far in his comments, but Horner reiterated his criticism and confirmed the team were exploring their options for further action.
Max Verstappen’s car, Red Bull Racing RB16B, is brought back to the garage on a truck
Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images
The FIA announced on Tuesday that a right of review of the incident had been filed by Red Bull, with a hearing scheduled for Thursday in Hungary.
But amid the continued buzz surrounding the incident, Verstappen said in Red Bull’s preview for Hungary that he had little interest in saying anything to add to the matter.
“I don’t have much to say about all the hype, and to be honest I’m not interested in getting involved in any of it,” Verstappen said.
“I know what happened at Silverstone because I was in the car and obviously I feel a certain way of how my race ended, but now I’m just focusing on making sure we’re the best. possible on the track so that we can stay ahead in the championship.
“The team can take care of the official side of things and whatever needs to be looked at after the crash, but my job is the same as always: to be the best I can be and try to win on Sunday.”
Verstappen felt sore and bruised after the impact at Silverstone, and was rushed to hospital for precautionary CT scans and MRIs before being released a few hours later.
The Dutch pilot prepared for his return to the cockpit in Hungary by completing a 24-hour simulation race last weekend, participating in the 24-hour Spa iRacing, and posted photos on social media of him – even back to training.
“I’m a little bruised of course, but that’s normal after such a big impact, but I’m training and feeling great,” said Verstappen.
“I did a 24 hour simulation run this week and it was a good test to see how my body would react to spending time sitting in one position and behind screens for a long time.
“I felt perfectly good, which makes me optimistic going into the weekend. I am definitely ready to go.