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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton: Verstappen didn't leave me any space

The seven-time world champion feels that Max Verstappen did not leave much room as the pair collided during the British Grand Prix.

Lewis HAmilton
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Lewis Hamilton has indicated that Max Verstappen was at fault for their incident on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix.

Hamilton was deemed to have caused a collision by the stewards who gave him a 10-second time penalty. Nevertheless, Hamilton fought back and won the race by overtaking Charles Leclerc with three laps to go.

"Of course I always try to be measured in my approach, particularly when battling with Max, he is very aggressive," said Hamilton post-race.

"I was fully alongside him and he didn't leave my any space but regardless of whether I agree with the penalty. I take it on the chin and I just kept working and was like I was not going to let anything get in my way."

Hamilton's victory and Verstappen's retirement means just eight points split them in the Drivers' Championship in the Red Bull driver's favour. The defending champion thanked the 140,000 fans who attended Silverstone on Sunday.

"[It's] massively overwhelming it was physically such a difficult race," said Hamilton. "This is a dream for me today to do this in front of you all [the fans]. I couldn't have done it without the great team work from Valtteri and the amazing effort from the team.

"I have been giving my all this past week in the factory, giving is absolutely everything trying to uncover performance in this car."

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