Hamilton and Verstappen collide at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have come to blows at the British Grand Prix, causing a Red Flag as the two battled it out on the first lap.

Verstappen had led away from the start and Hamilton had been jostling for position against his World Championship rival.

After defending from the Briton at The Loop and Brooklands, before the Mercedes driver put himself up the inside of the Red Bull driver as the drivers went full speed into Copse.

The pair were almost side by side heading into the corner and, after Hamilton appeared to back out, Verstappen’s right rear tyre was tagged and he was sent careering into the barriers on the exit of the corner.

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The Dutchman was able to get out of his car but, understandably, he was visibly shaken and appeared hurt after the high-speed crash, and he was then taken to the medical centre at the track for checks.

Hamilton felt he had the right to be given racing room at the apex of Copse, saying over team radio: “I was ahead going in there, man. I was fully alongside, it was my line. He turned in on me.”

The Stewards are investigating the incident.

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