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

Details emerge of unusual Lewis-Max discussion

  Details emerge of unusual Lewis-Max discussion Toto Wolff and Christian Horner’s fractious relationship is clearly not extending to drivers Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. © PA Images Lewis Hamilton Max Verstappen PA That has been evidenced by details of a behind-the-scenes exchange between the two World Championship contenders after the French Grand Prix. Minutes earlier, Verstappen had caught and passed Hamilton on the penultimate lap to win at Paul Ricard and extend his lead in the Drivers’ standings to 12 points.

“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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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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I’ve felt that a Max Verstappen - Lewis Hamilton incident was an inevitability this year, ever since their wheel-to-wheel dice at Imola. Their rivalry had been fierce but just about respectful on track until Silverstone, but finally it boiled over in a fairly predictable manner, fueled by a festival atmosphere from a vocal British crowd and a new weekend format. Before Silverstone we had seen the two go wheel-to-wheel at Imola, Portimao and Barcelona. Both have been very aggressive, but generally Verstappen had been the more aggressive of the two, particularly in Barcelona, lunging in on Hamilton in a risky

JUST IN: Lewis Hamilton aims angry outburst at Max Verstappen after British Grand Prix crash

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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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  Buxton: ‘Gloves are off’ in Max/Hamilton battle F1 journalist Will Buxton believes that the niceties between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are finished after their Silverstone crash. © PA Images Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton The British Grand Prix was billed as must-win for Hamilton, a race where if he could not beat Verstappen to the chequered flag then the signs would become very ominous indeed for his chances of wrapping up an eighth World Championship this season.

F 1 star Max Verstappen has slammed Lewis Hamilton for celebrating despite being punished for the horror crash that landed his rival in hospital at the British Grand Prix – and the unrepentant home winner has come out swinging. Reigning champion Hamilton was given a ten-second penalty after the shocking incident on a corner, recovering to overtake Charles Leclerc in the closing stages for a much-needed victory at Silverstone. "Glad I’m OK," Verstappen told his millions of fans after he was taken to a facility for precautionary checks following an end to his afternoon that saw his concerned team

The crash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in the British Grand Prix has proved to be one of the most polarising incidents of the 2021 Formula 1 season. But whether you are in the camp of believing Max Verstappen could have left more room, Lewis Hamilton was fully to blame A lot has been made too of the fact that Hamilton was not fully alongside Verstappen at the turn in point, which has prompted some to suggest he had zero rights to the corner. This was something that Red Bull team boss Christian Horner was quick to point out in the radio messages to F 1 race director Michael Masi.

"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.

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"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."

Berger: Red Bull ‘less sensitive’ than Mercedes .
Ex-Formula 1 racer Gerhard Berger believes Red Bull are better than Mercedes at handling the "psychological war".With the 2021 title fight firing on all cylinders, the attention is not solely on Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen battling for the Drivers’ crown – Mercedes and Red Bull themselves have also been generating headlines.

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