Mercedes boss Toto Wolff hailed Lewis Hamilton the alternative of a grimy driver after the seven-time Formulation 1 champion got here beneath hearth with accusations from Crimson Bull workforce principal Christian Horner on the British Grand Prix.
Horner was angered by the collision between Hamilton and Max Verstappen in the beginning of the race that left his driver needing to be examined in hospital, describing Hamilton’s transfer as “simply soiled driving” on the time. Horner remained extraordinarily vital of Hamilton after the race and claimed he put Verstappen in peril, however Wolff believes the best way his driver reacted to negate a 10-second time penalty and safe victory reveals he had a transparent conscience concerning the conflict.
“If you hear the feedback about his driving and the incident, Lewis is the opposite of somebody who ever drives soiled,” Wolff mentioned. “I feel he’s a sportsman. We have now not seen any large incidents with him and that’s why he retains his demeanors. You noticed that the incident wasn’t significantly bothering him.”
Regardless of seeing such fierce criticism from Horner, Wolff says he understands why the Crimson Bull workforce principal could be so sturdy in his views given what he needed to take care of.
“If you lose a automobile, have such a heavy accident, and your driver has to go to hospital for precautionary checks, you might be upset, feelings are excessive, and I respect that,” Wolff mentioned.
Wolff additionally thinks the incident hasn’t elevated the depth stage an excessive amount of from his perspective given the robust battle Mercedes has been going through towards Crimson Bull thus far this season.
“This championship was at all times very intense as a result of we’re combating with all the things we’ve with a view to maintain onto this championship whereas realizing we’re not performing as Crimson Bull and Honda,” he added. “Subsequently, we’ve had large factors losses prior to now and (at Silverstone) we scored large factors, so that’s at all times balancing itself out.”
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Mercedes was aligned on its view of the incident as a workforce, with Valtteri Bottas additionally backing up his teammate each on the workforce radio throughout the race and afterwards.
“Nicely, I noticed them combating by means of lap one, a bit like (within the Dash),” Bottas mentioned. “I had a sense one thing goes to occur, however they had been combating onerous. That form of factor, that occurs, it’s racing. It may possibly occur whenever you combat onerous, whenever you don’t surrender. I’m simply completely happy that Max is okay as a result of it was a giant shunt. Additionally, I actually really feel like Lewis absolutely deserved the win.”