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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton sticks by British GP move: I wouldn't change it

The crash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the British GP remains a hot topic. Despite the criticism directed at him by Red Bull, the Mercedes driver wouldn't go back and change his actions on the opening lap at Silverstone.

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Although Red Bull have been vocal in their criticism of Lewis Hamilton's attempted pass of Max Verstappen at the British GP, the Mercedes driver made it clear he wouldn't change anything about what he did.

The two championship contenders came together at Copse on the opening lap at Silverstone, which resulted in the Dutchman slamming into the wall at 51G. Christian Horner and Helmut Marko both let it be known that they weren't happy with the move, but when asked about Red Bull's response, Hamilton stated that after reviewing the matter he's comfortable with his actions.

"I would do the move exactly the way I did it last," Hamilton told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media. "In terms of how I've reviewed it and and analysed [it] from all my experience, and my experience over the years speaks for a lot, I wouldn't change it."

Verstappen believes Mercedes' celebration after the race was disrespectful, a claim that Hamilton pushed back on.

"I don't believe our behaviour was disrespectful, but as I said, it's one thing knowing and then celebrating what happened and it's one thing not knowing and celebrating," Hamilton added. "As I told you, I wasn't aware, but it's my home Grand Prix.

"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, since last year was missed, and emotions were running high.

"It wasn't an intentional celebration, it was just the joy of seeing so many people and so many people celebrating, being together. That's the natural emotion, I'm not gonna hide my emotions."

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