Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has shared his relief when Max Verstappen spoke on the team radio for the first time after his accident at the British Grand Prix, and the Dutchman's mindset to bounce back at the next race in Hungary.
Verstappen was hospitalised on Sunday evening for precautionary checks following his big crash with Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone.
"Max was monitored closely and later released from hospital at around 22:00 and was able to travel home the following day," Horner told Red Bull's official website. "I spoke to him again on Monday morning and he felt like he'd done a few rounds with Tyson Fury.
"He was battered and bruised but feeling lucky and grateful to the medical team, as we all are, and in true Max style he was already trying to put it out of his mind and look ahead to Hungary."
Verstappen had a massive 51G impact when he hit the barriers whilst his lead in the Drivers' Championship is down to just eight points over Hamilton. Horner was very concerned that Verstappen's accident could have potentially been a lot worse.
"That was the biggest accident Max has had in his racing career and the first, and hopefully last time he’s hospitalised," said Horner.
"When Max was unable to respond on the team radio, time stood still. In that moment you forget everything else apart from the safety of the driver, a person who is like family to all of us and it reminds you of the risk and reward in our sport.
"When he was finally able to speak, the relief was enormous and then to see him helped out of the car by the medical team, albeit somewhat dazed and in need of support, was an incredible feeling.
"A huge amount of credit must go to the safety standards of these cars, the halo and the barrier systems because the impact was such that it actually broke Max’s seat. The car could have quite easily flipped over which was an initial concern voiced by the first responding medical team but fortunately it didn't."
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