Red Bull has had to spend a considerable amount to fix Max Verstappen’s Formula 1 car. The Dutchman crashed early in the Grand Prix of Great Britain on Sunday after a collision with British world champion Lewis Hamilton.
“That crash cost us about $1.8 million and such an accident has huge consequences at a time of budget caps,” team principal Christian Horner wrote in a column on the team’s official website on Friday. Converted that amount comes to about 1.5 million euros.
Hamilton was given a 10-second time penalty but still won the race. Verstappen had to go to hospital and later called it “disrespectful and unsportsmanlike” that Hamilton celebrated the victory extensively with his fans while he did not know exactly how Verstappen was doing.
Horner also criticizes Hamilton and his team. “The Mercedes team was aware of the seriousness of the crash, generally reporting that Max had been hospitalized and required further checks. It is unthinkable not to inform your driver of the situation. You have to protect your driver in case he doesn’t show the necessary restraint when celebrating, especially if it was the result of an incident for which he himself was penalized.”
The Formula 1 season continues next week in Hungary. Verstappen still has a small lead over Hamilton in the World Cup position.