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Sport Mercedes chief Toto Wolff slams Red Bull for 'below the belt' Lewis Hamilton complaints

23:30  30 july  2021
23:30  30 july  2021 Source:   express.co.uk

‘Kidology from Hamilton, Wolff under pressure’

  ‘Kidology from Hamilton, Wolff under pressure’ Declaring that Red Bull are "miles" ahead of Mercedes, Christian Horner says Lewis Hamilton's comments are nothing but a "bit of kidology".Hamilton hasn’t won a grand prix since May’s Spanish Grand Prix with Red Bull on a run of five successive race wins, four of which have gone to Max Verstappen.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, has hit back at Red Bull as the to-and-fro continues in the wake of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen's dramatic collision at the British Grand Prix. Voices from the Red Bull camp have been persistent in their criticism of Hamilton, who they feel earned an unfair victory at Silverstone.

The title challengers came wheel-to-wheel when Hamilton attempted an audacious pass at Copse on the opening lap.

The seven-time world champion had been all over Verstappen from the off, although he was not quite level when the contact was made.

Hamilton was handed a 10-second penalty for his role in the incident, although that pales in comparison to Verstappen's punishment in terms of his race for the crown.

Lewis Hamilton stuns at Silverstone as he beats Max Verstappen ahead of British Grand Prix

  Lewis Hamilton stuns at Silverstone as he beats Max Verstappen ahead of British Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton fastest in qualifying ahead of the sprint race, which determines the grid for Sunday's British Grand Prix.Hamilton lit up the timing screens on his final run, and was on course to better his time of a 1:26.7706s, but was hampered by a huge slide in the final sector, but it was enough to beat championship leader Max Verstappen, who starts second for tomorrow's sprint.

Having been sent hurtling into the tyre wall at high speed, the 23-year-old was promptly taken to hospital after being severely winded, with his lead at the top of the Drivers' Championship cut from 33 points to eight.

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a close up of a man: Toto Wolff Mercedes © GETTY Toto Wolff Mercedes

Meanwhile, Hamilton staged a dramatic comeback after serving his penalty to claim victory and close the gap on his fallen rival.

In his latest shot towards Red Bull, Wolff said: "We felt the comments that were made during and after the race, and then in written statements and in the meeting itself were below the belt.

"But it's not up to me, nor would Lewis want to demand any apologies."

Christian Horner accuses Toto Wolff of 'unacceptable' actions after Max Verstappen crash

  Christian Horner accuses Toto Wolff of 'unacceptable' actions after Max Verstappen crash Christian Horner has hit out at his Mercedes counterpart after Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crashed at the British Grand Prix.Hamilton and Verstappen collided as they dueled for position heading into Turn Nine, Copse Corner, resulting in the Dutchman hitting the wall hard, bringing out the red flag, with the 23-year-old taken to hospital for observation.

Tensions ran extremely high after Hamilton took the chequered flag, with Christian Horner labelling his triumph a 'hollow victory'.

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In a similar vein, Red Bull team advisor Helmut Marko called for the Brit to serve a one-race suspension.

A brief hiatus in the tensions was next after Hamilton was subjected to racist abuse on social media, which Red Bull publicly denounced in solidarity with the 36-year-old.

However, once the dust settled, Horner had more choice words for Hamilton via his column, stating: "The reality is that Hamilton has met his match in a car that is now competitive, and I agree that both drivers need to show each other respect, but Hamilton was the aggressor on Sunday."

Max Verstappen 'very motivated' after Lewis Hamilton crash costs Red Bull £650,000

  Max Verstappen 'very motivated' after Lewis Hamilton crash costs Red Bull £650,000 Max Verstappen is hungry to bounce back after a crash with Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone which has cost Red Bull a huge amount of cash.It left Verstappen's Red Bull in tatters and Helmut Marko has revealed it will cost the team a whopping £650,000.

Clearly there is still anger in both camps after they experienced drastically differing weekends at Silverstone.

Christian Horner looking at the camera: Christian Horner Red Bull © GETTY Christian Horner Red Bull

The results has left Verstappen eight points ahead in the Drivers' Championship, and Red Bull four points ahead in the Constructors' Championship.

The rivalry is set to reignite in Hungary, where Verstappen has already gone fastest in the opening practice session.

Without a doubt, the Dutchman will be forced to dig deep in order to ensure that the 2021 pendulum swings back his way.

Rosberg: ‘Wolff making Red Bull look like the bad guys’ .
Nico Rosberg feels Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is winning the war against Red Bull, making his title rivals "look like the bad guys".It has not just been Lewis Hamilton v Max Verstappen and Mercedes v Red Bull this season, but Wolff v Horner has also been a key battle in the first half of the campaign to the point where, on occasion, it has become the main event of Formula 1.

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