Lewis Hamilton regained his Formula 1 defense on Sunday after winning a 10-second penalty after colliding with Max Verstappen, who won the British Grand Prix on Sunday, when he left the Championship leader out of the race. With more than 140,000 people, Hamilton wanted to overtake Verstapp in the first lap of the Copse corner, instead of sending Red Bull off the track and into the crossbar. Charles Leclerc took the lead, but, having to add 10 seconds at the pit stop, the Mercedes star caught up with Hamilton Ferrari and overtook him at the Copse in the 50th lap of the 50th lap.
Verstappen, meanwhile, was taken to hospital “for further preventive testing,” Red Bull said.
“I hope Lewis is very happy with himself,” Red Bull team manager Christian Horner said. “That’s a victory for nothing.”
When Hamilton won, Red Bull finished with five straight wins for Verstappen to narrow the gap to eight points in the Championship.
Monaco’s Leclerc was second, 3.81 seconds behind, to revive Ferrari’s season.
The second Mercedes was the third driven by the Finnish Valtteri Bottas, ahead of the British Lando Norris and the Australian Daniel Ricciardo McLaren.
Hamilton stressed that an attempt to overcome Verstappen was legitimate.
“I always try to measure myself from my point of view, especially when fighting Max. He’s very aggressive,” Hamilton said.
“I was completely with him today and he let me into space.”
Hamilton was fined 10 seconds, but took a pit stop at the second stop and returned to the track in fourth place.
“Whether I agree with the penalty or not, I take it in the chin,” they said.
“I’m not going to let people enjoy the weekend and the national anthem and the British flag.”
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