After what happened at the British GP, many people called Lewis Hamilton “dirty driver” for the crash with Max Verstappen. However, Toto Wolff defended his driver by saying that he is the complete opposite of a dirty driver.
As soon as Hamilton touched Verstappen at Copse, the Dutchman shunted against the wall, and his race was over. After seeing the videos of the crash, the FIA penalized Lewis with a ten-second penalty.
However, the Mercedes driver still managed to win the race, and the Red Bull team was not happy with what happened during and after the race since Lewis celebrated after the win even though Max was still in the hospital.
Helmut Marko also gave his opinion on the crash, saying that Lewis should receive a race ban. On the other hand, Toto Wolff said that he believes that Hamilton did nothing wrong.
“Everybody has an opinion, that’s okay,” he said about Red Bull’s comment. “Everyone will have a certain bias towards incidents like that.”
“When you hear the comments about his driving and the incident, Lewis is the contrary of someone that ever drives dirty,” he explained.
“I think he’s a sportsman. We have not seen any big incidents with him. And that’s why he keeps his demeanor. And you saw it, the incident wasn’t particularly bothering him.”
Christian Horner, Red Bull Team Principal, said that the move that Lewis did was far from safe and the crash proves it.
“Of course he put safety in jeopardy,” said Horner. “I think a move in that corner, every GP driver knows, is a massive, massive risk. You don’t stick a wheel up the inside there, without it being huge consequences.
“We’re just fortunate enough that, after a 51g accident, that there wasn’t somebody seriously hurt. And that’s what I’m most angry about.
“It is just the lack of judgment or the misjudgment and desperation in this move that, you know, thankfully we got away with. Had that been an awful lot worse, a 10-second penalty would have looked pretty measly.”
“I think if you look at the overhead he [Hamilton] ran wide into the corner because he carried too much speed. That move was never on.
“For a world champion with seven titles, that was an amateur’s mistake and a desperate mistake, and you know we were just very, very lucky that somebody wasn’t badly injured.”