Hamilton: I'd repeat move on Verstappen in 'exactly the same way'

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Hamilton: I'd repeat move on Verstappen in 'exactly the same way'

Lewis Hamilton says he would repeat his move on arch-rival Max Verstappen at Silverstone "exactly the way" he did it if he was given the same opportunity to attack the Red Bull driver.

Hamilton's move on the inside of Copse corner on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix resulted in a collision between the two title protagonists that sent Verstappen into the barriers.

After taking the time to analyse and reflect on the ill-fated clash, Hamilton felt that he had done nothing wrong and wouldn't change his approach to the corner while fighting wheel-t-wheel with his opponent.

"In terms of the move, I would do the move exactly the way I've probably done it and I did it last [time]," he said, speaking ahead of this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.

"In terms of how I've reviewed it and analysed, from all my experience - and my experience obviously over the years speaks for a lot - I wouldn't change it.

"I know how to navigate through corners and [make] overtaking manoeuvres, and so I won't waste my energy trying to explain it. But it's definitely going to be difficult for people to fully understand."

Hamilton also dismissed Verstappen and Red Bull's claim that the Mercedes team had been "disrespectful" when it indulged in its post-race celebrations while Verstappen was undergoing a medical check on hospital.

The Briton repeated that he was not aware at the time of his celebrations that his rival had been airlifted to Coventry Hospital.

"I don't believe our behaviour was disrespectful," said Hamilton. "But as I said, it's one thing knowing and then celebrating what happened, and one thing not knowing and celebrating. And as I told you I wasn't aware.

"But it's my home grand prix, and we worked incredibly hard for who knows how long to get a result like that. And what a monumental moment it was for us to experience the whole home crowd, being there for the first time, obviously since last year was missed, and emotions were running high.

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"It wasn't like an intentional celebration. It was just the joy of seeing so many people celebrating being together and that's the natural emotion, I'm not going to hide my emotions. And it was an amazing feeling to see so many people. "

Hamilton confirmed that he had called Verstappen after the race, but like the Dutchman, the seven-time world champion kept the details of the call at a minimum.

"I did give Max a call after the race to just check he feels okay and let him know that the respect is still there," he said. "Perhaps it is not reciprocated, but that's okay."

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Brown: Sponsors 'wouldn't mind' noisy engines in 'sustainable' F1

McLaren boss Zak Brown doe does not believe that a return to noisy engines in Formula 1 would... The post Brown: Sponsors 'wouldn't mind' noisy engines in 'sustainable' F1 appeared first on F1i.com.

Brown: Sponsors 'wouldn't mind' noisy engines in 'sustainable' F1

McLaren boss Zak Brown doe does not believe that a return to noisy engines in Formula 1 would chase away sponsors from the sport as argued by Mercedes, as long as it follows a path towards sustainability.

Grand Prix racing's stakeholders have started to discuss the framework that will surround F1's next generation engine that is expected to be introduced in 2025.

While further enhancement of the current power unit's hybrid component is expected, Red Bull is in favour of a return to high-revving "emotive" engines, as advocated by team boss Christian Horner.

But his Mercedes counterpart, Toto Wolff, believes F1 would lose its crucial relevance if the sport went back down the "noisy engine" path, arguing that following such a direction would result in a swift departure from F1 of many of its commercial partners.

Brown believes that as long as F1 takes a "sustainable" approach to its future, it could get away with pumping up the volume and powering its cars once again with screaming engines without suffering a sponsor exodus.

"What’s most important is that Formula 1 is sustainable," said the McLaren Racing boss. "You can get there a variety of different ways and I do not think sponsors, as long as Formula 1 is sustainable, are concerned over how you get to sustainability.

"So if it’s an ICE unit with sustainable fuels, or if it’s electric or hybrid, the important thing is that Formula 1 is leading edge technology and that sustainability is critically important to the sport and the world."

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Brown believes that Wolff's stance is understandable given that he represents the view of an automotive manufacturer that is embracing the industry's paradigm shift towards electrification.

"I think what you heard there was more a view of an OEM [Original Equipment manufacturer] who probably wants the sustainability element to be consistent with how they go to market," added Brown.

"I think what's important to the corporate partners is sustainability. I think they are less concerned about what the product is to get you there.

"So, do I think fans and corporate partners would be turned off if Formula 1 was sustainable in a technology direction that was maybe different to the automotive industry? I do not think corporate partners and the fans would mind at all.

"But we do have to take into consideration the OEMs, because they’re a massive part of the sport, huge contributors, and we need them."

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