Lewis Hamilton doesn’t think he needs to apologize to Mar Verstappen for the incident they protagonized during the start of the British Grand Prix.
The FIA awarded Hamilton a 10-second time penalty and 2 penalty points for the incident. However, the driver still went on to win the race, and great celebrations followed. Because of this, Hamilton came under fire and was labeled as disrespectful by Verstappen himself, who was at the time in the hospital.
The Mercedes driver, however, thinks he doesn’t need to apologize to the Dutchman.
“I’ve not really seen the footage, I saw a quick clip of it when I went back to the garage but I will go back and have time to reflect on it,” Hamilton said. “I don’t think, from my current understanding, that I am in a position to have to apologise for anything. We were out there racing.”
“I heard that Max is in hospital and that definitely concerns me,” he said. “None of us ever want any of us to ever get injured, that is never my intention, so I really hope that he is OK.
“I’ll hit him up after this just to check that he is OK. We live to fight another day, there will be a lot of tough races coming up and we have to learn to strike a decent balance.
“I don’t agree with the stewards but I take my penalty on the chin and get on with my job. I am not going to whine about it. Everyone is going to have a different opinion and I don’t particularly care what people think. I just do what I do and I am just really grateful for today.”