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18th Jul 2021

Lewis Hamilton slapped with penalty after big collision with Max Verstappen at Silverstone

George McKay

Lewis Hamilton

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have made contact in the first lap of Silverstone

Championship leader Max Verstappen and reigning champion Lewis Hamilton made contact on lap one of the British Grand Prix, causing the Dutch driver to careen off the course.

The pair were dicing it out for the lead when Hamilton came across and clipped the tyre of Verstappen:

The contact was seemingly the fault of Hamilton, and saw Verstappen in a particularly nasty bump with the barrier, though he has luckily exited the car with no obvious injuries.

Hamilton was heard to say he had the line on his rival, but Red Bull vehemently protested.

“I was fully inside,” claimed Hamilton, “it was my line, and he turned in on me.”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told the race director, “It was 100 per cent Max’s corner. As far as I am concerned, the full blame is on Hamilton.”

The incident has caused a red flag, which meant the race has stopped while debris from Verstappen’s car is cleared and the barrier is rebuilt.

The incident left Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc at the front of the grid. After the race resumed, it was confirmed that Hamilton would have to serve a 10-second penalty, which would cost him up to 30 seconds in total [with pit lane entries and exits considered].