n incandescent Christian Horner labelled it a hole victory whereas Max Verstappen accused Lewis Hamilton of being disrespectful following their conflict on the British Grand Prix.
But partly misplaced amid the finger pointing and recriminations of a thrilling eighth victory at Silverstone a lot to the delight of the 140,000 followers gathered was the gauntlet that Hamilton laid down within the championship battle.
Hamilton and Verstappen haven’t had any scarcity of wheel-to-wheel racing in 2021 however this was the flash level of a season by which a rivalry and respect has been talked about with out exploding into life within the method of the title rivals of outdated.
This had echoes of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna or Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill amid the drama and the ensuing fall-out.
And it was apt that Hill must be readily available to lend his verdict on the dramatic conflict at first of the race, and the thrilling method by which Hamilton overcame a resultant 10-second penalty to reel in Charles Leclerc for the win.
As Hill put it: “I think Lewis has declared he’s not going down without a fight, and Max has to factor that in. It’s a hard game and people do have accidents. Lewis wouldn’t deliberately want to see someone hurt. It’s part of the game.”
Hamilton was basically laying down the problem to his youthful and fewer skilled, though arguably faster rival.
Verstappen has earned a status as an on-track aggressor inside the sport whereas it’s notable how few crashes Hamilton has been part of in a profession which is now into its 15th season.
But the 36-year-old had clearly determined he was carried out with being bullied within the season thus far and was not holding again in a championship by which he had fallen 33 factors behind Verstappen and with out a win since May, his longest stretch because the yr he final misplaced the championship to then teammate Nico Rosberg in 2016.