Red Bull’s Christian Horner has revealed some new information months after the Silverstone collision between Verstappen and Hamilton.
Speaking to Channel 4, the Team Principal said the 51G crash was particularly frustrating for the Dutch driver after winning the sprint race and landing pole.
The incident actually broke Verstappen’s seat and Horner says he believes it briefly knocked the current Championship leader unconscious.
“He was, obviously, massively frustrated with the Silverstone outcome, because he’d done the hard work,” Horner told Channel 4.
“He’d won the sprint race, he got the pole for the main race, for the grand prix, and having held the start, P2 had been an advantage all weekend there, [but] he managed to hold the start.
“It obviously got pretty tasty down the Wellington Straight and then, of course, the accident. It was a massive accident, 51G. It broke the seat, I think it knocked him out, and it was, for sure, the biggest accident of his career.
“That was tough for him, and he was disappointed that he let the team down, that it was within the budget cap world that we are, [so] that’s a huge amount of accident damage as well.”
According to the team boss, Verstappen “quickly brushed himself down and said on Monday, ‘If I had to do a race again today, I could do it. Battered and bruised, it would be a bit sore, but I could do it’.”
Verstappen leads the drivers standings as we head to Austin for the next round in this epic battle.
Proceedings kick off this Friday at 17:30 Irish time for the first Free Practice session of the weekend.