Staggering $1.8 million twist in brutal Max Verstappen crash

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Max Verstappen's brutal British GP crash will set his Red Bull team back nearly two million dollars.
Red Bull are expecting to have to fork out roughly $US1.8m to repair Max Verstappen's broken F1 car after the British Grand Prix. Pictures: F1/Getty Images

Red Bull, still fuming over last weekend's British GP collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, have shed light on the massive cost of the terrifying shunt.

Stewards handed Mercedes champion Hamilton a 10 second time penalty after his lap one collision with Verstappen at the high-speed Copse corner, which sent the Dutch driver spearing into the barriers at more than 250 kp/h.

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The penalty wasn't enough to prevent Hamilton from eventually winning the race, with his exuberant celebrations with his home crowd rubbing Red Bull and Verstappen the wrong way.

Red Bull were furious after the race over what they deemed to be a light penalty for a lap one collision between the championship rivals.

In a column for the team's website, team principal Christian Horner said that in addition to losing a significant amount of points as a result of the crash, the team would be severely hampered by the newly introduced F1 cost cap - with repairs and replacements falling under the new rules.

The crash is set to cost Red Bull roughly $US1.8 million ($A2.4 million).

Horner continued to blame Hamilton and said Mercedes' race winner and seven-time world champion had got off lightly with a 10-second penalty.

"Given the severity of the incident and the lenient penalty, we are reviewing all data and have the right to request a review," said Horner.

"We are therefore still looking at the evidence and considering all of our sporting options."

Red Bull still furious in aftermath of British GP chaos

Verstappen had started the race 33 points clear of Hamilton, after winning a Saturday sprint, but ended up only eight ahead after crashing out when they made contact at Copse Corner.

Hamilton had tried to pass on the inside and Verstappen moved across, with the cars colliding.

Horner complained to race director Michael Masi at the time about Hamilton's driving and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff went to see the stewards before they had taken a decision, followed by the Red Bull principal.

Masi had cleared Wolff to do so but teams have now been warned they face punishment in future if any personnel visited the stewards uninvited.

Horner said he had gone to make the point that it was not appropriate for anyone to interfere and was pleased to see the FIA clarification.

Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner was furious with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton after his lap one incident with Max Verstappen. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP via Getty Images)
Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner was furious with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton after his lap one incident with Max Verstappen. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP via Getty Images)

He defended Verstappen from accusations by Mercedes and Hamilton of being an 'overly aggressive' driver.

"You only have to look at the fact Max has zero penalty points on his licence and has not been found guilty of any on-track misjudgements in recent years," he said.

"The aggressive 17-year-old F1 rookie Max Verstappen that Hamilton is referring to is not the Max Verstappen of today, just as Hamilton is not the same driver he was when he entered the sport.

"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."

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