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Entertainment Max Verstappen unfollows Lewis Hamilton on Instagram as F1 feud escalates

09:25  22 july  2021
09:25  22 july  2021 Source:   express.co.uk

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Max Verstappen has taken his feud with Lewis Hamilton to a new level by unfollowing the Mercedes star on Instagram . Verstappen was taken out of the British Grand Prix by Hamilton on Sunday after a first-lap incident. Verstappen saw his lead at the top of the Formula 1 Drivers' Championship standings cut from 33 to eight on Sunday. The Red Bull star started from pole, but was clipped by Hamilton on the first lap and went crashing into the barrier. He walked out of the car but later ended up in hospital as Hamilton , blissfully unaware, celebrated victory.

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have developed quite the rivalry in recent seasons.

Max Verstappen has taken his feud with Lewis Hamilton to a new level by unfollowing the Mercedes star on Instagram. Verstappen was taken out of the British Grand Prix by Hamilton on Sunday after a first-lap incident.

Verstappen saw his lead at the top of the Formula 1 Drivers' Championship standings cut from 33 to eight on Sunday.

The Red Bull star started from pole, but was clipped by Hamilton on the first lap and went crashing into the barrier.

He walked out of the car but later ended up in hospital as Hamilton, blissfully unaware, celebrated victory.

Some bitter words followed, and Verstappen has now unfollowed the Brit on Instagram.

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LEWIS HAMILTON was the victim of vile racist abuse on social media after his controversial victory at the British Grand Prix on Sunday. The 36-year-old was hit with a 10 second penalty after he collided with F 1 title rival Max Verstappen on the first lap and sent him crashing into the wall at 180mph. He hit out at the F 1 community in 2020 over a lack of racial diversity amid the George Floyd protests. And the seven-time world champion said he felt isolated in trying to combat racial discrimination in a ‘white dominated’ sport. He wrote on Instagram : “I see those of you staying silent, some of you the biggest

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a close up of a person wearing a hat: Hamilton © GETTY Hamilton

The Red Bull ace was following Hamilton earlier this year, but his name is no longer in Verstappen's following list.

Hamilton, who boasts 23million followers on the social media platform, is still following the world championship leader.

Speaking after the race, Verstappen didn't hold back when talking about the Mercedes star, and claimed he was being disrespectful by celebrating.

He posted: "Glad I'm ok. Very disappointed with being taken out like this.

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"The penalty given does not help us and doesn't do justice to the dangerous move Lewis made on track.

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Raging Max Verstappen slams 'disrespectful and unsportsmanlike' Lewis Hamilton for celebrating British GP win while he was in hospital insisting first-lap crash at Silverstone was the Brit's fault and that 'justice' wasn't served by his penalty. Hamilton has frequently spoken about fighting racism and has pushed for more diversity in F 1 , taking the knee before races and urging other drivers to do so too. Last year, Hamilton criticised the lack of racial diversity in his own sport on Instagram . Hamilton began karting in 1993 and quickly began winning races and cadet class championships - becoming

"Watching the celebrations while still in hospital is disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behaviour but we move on."

Hamilton, however, was completely unaware that Verstappen was taken to hospital.

However, he refused to apologise for the crash, and insisted he was doing the right thing by trying the overtake.

Hamilton © GETTY Hamilton

"I don't think I'm in the position to have to apologise for anything, we're out there racing," Hamilton said.

"I heard Max is in hospital and that definitely concerns me. None of us ever want any of us to ever get injured, that's never my intention, so I really hope he's OK.

"I'll hit him up after this just to check he's okay, and we live to fight another day. There'll be a lot of tough races coming up and we have to learn to strike a decent balance.

"I don't agree with the stewards but I take my penalty on the chin and get on with my job.

"I'm not going to whine about it, everyone's going to have a different opinion, I don't really care what people think. I do what I do and am really grateful for today."

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