Lewis Hamilton blames ‘aggressive’ Max Verstappen for first-lap crash which saw the Red Bull driver taken to hospital, insisting ‘he did not give me the space’… before Brit won to close gap in Championship to eight points

Lewis Hamilton has claimed that Max Verstappen was at fault for the crash that led to the latter being taken to hospital. Hamilton won the British Grand Prix on Saturday but was involved in a crash with Verstappen in the the first lap. Describing Verstappen’s driving style as ‘aggressive’, Hamilton stated that the Red Bull driver didn’t give him sufficient space. Reflecting on his collision with Verstappen, Hamilton said: ‘I have been giving my all this week. But Verstappen ran wide on the exit of Luffield, affording Hamilton a third opportunity for glory. Verstappen moved to the centre of the track before Hamilton drew alongside him and within centimetres of the wall on the old pit straight. Verstappen was marginally ahead as they approached the right-handed Copse but as the Dutchman turned in for the corner, Hamilton’s left-front tagged the right-rear of his Red Bull. Verstappen managed to haul himself out of his written-off Red Bull machine before standing hunched over and then led away to an ambulance.

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