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Verstappen released from hospital

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18/07/2021

Red Bull has revealed that Max Verstappen was released from hospital this evening following today's high-speed crash at Silverstone.

The Austrian team issued the following statement at 22:22.

"Following a first lap incident at Copse Corner between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix, we can confirm that Max Verstappen walked away from his car and was immediately taken to Silverstone Circuit Medical Centre.

Following an assessment by the trackside doctors at Silverstone Circuit Medical Centre, Max was taken by helicopter to Coventry Hospital for further tests and observation.

We are pleased to confirm that Max was released from hospital at 22:00 this evening, following a thorough medical examination, without any major injuries.

Max and the Team would like to thank the trackside Marshalls and medical staff for their exceptional care both on-site at Silverstone and at Coventry Hospital."

Check out our Sunday gallery from Silverstone, here.

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1. Posted by Carsten B, 20/07/2021 11:20

"@alvarezh3

OK, I might have read more into your comments than what was warranted, apologies.

I can understand where you're coming from. I personally find it highly unlikely, but not outside the realm of possibility that discussions could have been had in the MB camp. But that would get us into Briatore/Benetton/Singapore/Alonso-territory.

The fact that Toto expressed that a RB DNF was/is convenient for MB, for me, is just stating the obvious.

If the FIA decided to investigate I will clearly support them in their right to do so, and your right to raise the suspicion, and if anything untoward on behalf of MB was found they would have lost much of their credibility in my eyes.

Can't wait to see the continuation of this title fight, I love that MB/Hamilton has a fight on their hands and need to bring their A-game to stand any chance, not like in several of the previous season where they could cruise home in the 2nd half of the season. But if you ask me the more likely outcome of 2021 is that RB and MV takes home WDC and WCC. It is theirs to lose. But if anyone can turn it around it is MB..."

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2. Posted by alvarezh3, 19/07/2021 17:47

"@ Carsten B

Allow me to be clear, I am merely exposing the facts and what those facts have provoked me to think. My theory may be true or not, I am not -in any way- expressing or implying that I know that there was any wrong doing, that's why I said that the FIA should investigate the mishap.

Now, if (a BIG if) they planned it, not necessarily had to be as it occurred, it could of happened anywhere, at any speed, behind a pace car single file period, even on the pit road, etc.

What triggered my posting is the fact that Toto had expressed that a DNF was convenient in getting back to the championships. That opens the possibility for Verstappen's DNF to be planned (at least, it creates a possible conspiracy). That it was planned? I don't know, neither did I said nor implied that it was, but that since do to Toto's declaration that a DNF was seen as a convenient option for them, it would be perhaps be appropriate for the FIA to investigate the possibility of a planned execution by MB of a DNF for the championship leading contender.

To summarize: Toto says that a DNF is convenient to get back in contention for the championship, next race a DNF that the FIA attributes to Toto's driver is carried out to the championship leading driver, that brings up a possible suspicion of wrong doing to me. It may not rise a flag to anyone else, the FIA included. It's really up to every individual or entity to freely see it as they wish and for the FIA to investigate if they see fit.

Some people will agree with me, others will not, perhaps in the end those not agreeing might be the correct ones. Therefore, in the end, the FIA may declare ..."No further action necessary" :-)

Hope to have clarified mi position. Thanks on you thoughts."

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3. Posted by Carsten B, 19/07/2021 14:51

"Really alvarezh3?

You think that it was planned to take out Verstappen in a high speed corner with the very real risk of causing a serious accident with two F1 cars tumbling out of control at 290 kph?

Having very little skin in the game as a Ferrari supporter, and seeing two very talented drivers I think I can be relatively objective in my evaluation (sure this is never 100% possible)

At the time of the accident I thought this was clearly the fault of Hamilton, but seeing replays, onboard etc. I think that racing incident maybe with slightly more fault on Hamilton (missing the apex by 1m, which I believe was the factor that tilted the blame towards Hamilton).

Seeing the onboard from Verstappen just prior to the accident it is clear that Verstappen first opened the steering slightly realizing that Hamilton was pulling alongside, and then when the front of car 44 was more than half alongside, Max turned in quite hard to make the corner. That to me moves the scale a bit more towards Max.

Both drivers could have avoided the accident, and given the championship position I believe that Max could have chosen the prudent solution by giving way. Max had more to lose than Hamilton. Had he given Hamilton the lead he would at least be secured 2nd and 18 points, more likely he would have retaken the lead later and motored into the distance. I believe the rest of the weekend indicated that he had the upper hand, and would, either with raw pace overtake Hamilton or during the pitstops retake the lead.

This - as an armchair expert - is easy to say, behind the wheel of an F1 car at 290 kph with adrenalin flowing and milliseconds to make the decisions is much more difficult. However that's why they are payed the big bucks, because they should be able to take these split second decisions right more often than not.

Imagine had the situation been reversed, we have seen before that Hamilton would be likely to give up his position taking the championship view rather than the "win every corner" view.

I hope that Max files this under "Experience" and continues his learning curve in stead of coming out fighting, wanting to right - what he see as - a wrong. Looking forward to Hungary.

Gloves are off. And Forza Ferrari - I was genuinely impressed by the speed of Leclerc on the mediums. "

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4. Posted by alvarezh3, 19/07/2021 12:50

"Check out Toto Wolff's words here:
https://www.pitpass.com/70208/Austrian-GP-Race-team-notes-Mercedes
"We are one DNF away from being right there in the Constructors' and Drivers' Championships so this is far from over."
I should think that this declaration merits a FIA investigation after yesterday's forced DNF of their number one adversary and current championship leader by his team's number one championship contender. (Hamilton was deemed at fault for causing the collision by the FIA.)
The FIA should probe to find out if any premeditated planing were discussed within Toto's team to cause/induce Verstappen's DNF.
Serious stuff, life threatening injuries could of occurred to a competitor on this accident."

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5. Posted by Greg, 19/07/2021 11:21

"Great news"

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6. Posted by Wokingchap, 19/07/2021 10:17

"That's good news, thank God he's ok."

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