Max Verstappen has crashed out of the British Grand Prix on the opening lap as the results of a collision along with his championship rival Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton dived down Verstappen’s inside on the entry to Copse at 180mph, with the Mercedes driver tagging the rear of his rival’s Purple Bull.
Verstappen was despatched uncontrolled and crashed into the wall at excessive pace.
Fortunately he quickly stood up and emerged from his automobile earlier than being taken away in an ambulance.
The race was purple flagged with stewards investigating the incident and clearing up the monitor earlier than sanctioning a restart.
With the race paused, Charles Leclerc had seized the lead – profiting from the incident – although Hamilton remained in second place.
Verstappen held a 33-point championship lead heading into the race, however Hamilton now had an awesome alternative to scale back this.
“Is Max okay?” mentioned Hamilton over the radio instantly. “He’s out of the automobile,” Hamilton’s race engineer Peter Bonnington replied.
“I used to be forward moving into there,” mentioned Hamilton. “I used to be totally inside, it was my line, and he turned in on me.”
Purple Bull crew principal Christian Horner disagreed with Hamilton’s opinion of the crash.
He furiously ranted in a radio message to FIA race director, Michael Masi: “In that nook, he was by no means wherever close to alongside
“Each driver that has pushed this circuit is aware of that you don’t stick a wheel on the within of Copse. That is a gigantic accident.
“And it was 100 per cent Max’s nook. So far as I’m involved, the total blame is on Hamilton who ought to by no means have been in that place.
“You may have had an enormous accident. Thank God he walked away unscathed, so I hope you’ll cope with it appropriately.”
Hamilton’s Mercedes boss Toto Wolff then acquired in on the motion with Masi.
The Austrian mentioned: “Michael I’ve simply despatched you an e-mail with the diagram with the place the vehicles ought to be, did you obtain it?”
Masi replied: “Toto, I don’t entry my emails throughout the race intentionally so I can consider the race.”
Wolff mentioned: “Nicely, perhaps it is best to have a look at this as a result of there’s something within the guidelines that’s developing.”
Masi then instructed Wolff to take his issues up with the stewards.
The race has now resumed following a delay of 45 minutes with Hamilton given a 10-second time penalty for inflicting a collision.