Lewis Hamilton and Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen collided on the first lap of the British Grand Prix, ending Verstappen’s race.
World number one Verstappen was left limping after colliding with his rival on the first lap of the British Grand Prix. It was an incredibly exciting race from the off, with the Mercedes and Red Bull wheel-to-wheel from the start and Hamilton floating around the outside.
Hamilton, who was pushed out of the way earlier, attempted to take the inside line as he approached the Copse corner. However, Verstappen did not allow him to do so and held his line. Then Hamilton’s front left wheel clipped his right rear wheel, sending the Red Bull into a sickening crash into the barrier and off the course.
As soon as Verstappen emerged from the wreckage, he was quickly attended to by marshals and appeared shaken up and winded even though he had been able to climb free. His gestures were then clearly seen to the crowd in footage later reviewed before he was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance as a precaution. Charles Leclerc was in the lead as crew members lifted the car. While the stewards examined the incident, the car of Verstappen was removed, and the race was suspended.