With the controversy over the collision between Hamilton and Verstappen at Silverstone exhibiting no signal of dying down, each drivers spoke at size in regards to the incident for the primary time in Hungary on Thursday.
Reflecting on the specifics of the crash, with Hamilton making a transfer down the within into Copse, the world champion was clear that he wouldn’t change what he did if the identical factor occurred once more.
“In phrases of the transfer, I’d do the transfer precisely the way in which I’ve most likely performed it and I did it final [time),” he explained.
“In terms of how I’ve reviewed it and analysed, from all my experience, and my experience obviously over the years speaks for a lot, I wouldn’t change it.”
Observers have analysed the build-up to the accident a lot, and there has been a great deal of intrigue about how different Hamilton’s approach to attacking Charles Leclerc later on in the race was compared to the tighter line he took with Verstappen.
However, the Mercedes driver said he saw no need to waste energy explaining the difference between the two moves.
“I definitely can explain but I’m not going to explain,” he said. “I’ve been racing 20 and god knows how many years. I know how to navigate through corners and [make] overtaking manoeuvres, and so I will not waste my vitality attempting to clarify it. But it is positively going to be troublesome for individuals to totally perceive.”
Hamilton additionally rejected claims that his post-race celebrations on the British Grand Prix had been ‘disrespectful’ as a result of Verstappen was present process checks in hospital on the time.
While the world champion was unaware that his rival had been taken away for additional examination, he had ensured that Verstappen was unhurt from the crash within the instant aftermath.
“I don’t believe our behaviour was disrespectful,” stated Hamilton. “But as I stated, it is one factor realizing after which celebrating what occurred, and one factor not realizing and celebrating. And as I advised you I wasn’t conscious.
“But it is my house grand prix, and we labored extremely onerous for who is aware of how lengthy to get a outcome like that. And what a monumental second it was for us to expertise the entire house crowd, being there for the primary time, clearly since final 12 months was missed, and feelings had been operating excessive.
“It wasn’t like an intentional celebration. It was just the joy of seeing so many people celebrating being together and that’s the natural emotion, I’m not going to hide my emotions. And it was an amazing feeling to see so many people. ”
Hamilton confirmed that he phoned Verstappen after the British GP to examine on the Dutchman’s progress, however hinted that maybe they remained aside of their views of the scenario.
“I did give Max a call after the race to just check he feels okay and let him know that the respect is still there,” he stated. “Perhaps it is not reciprocated, but that’s okay.”