Max Verstappen says he is feeling fine a week on from his bruising crash in the British Grand Prix but is unwilling to get involved in the row over his collision with Lewis Hamilton.
“I don’t have much to say on all the media hype,” said Verstappen. On Friday, the same day Red Bull submitted its petition to the FIA, the team published a lengthy column by principal Christian Horner repeating its criticism of Hamilton’s driving and Mercedes’ handling of the incident.
“To be honest I am not interested in getting involved in any of that,” he continued. “I know what happened at Silverstone as I was in the car and obviously I feel a certain way about how my race ended but now I’m just focusing on making sure we are the best we can be on track so we can stay ahead in the championship.
“The team can take care of the official side of things and anything that needs looking into after the crash but my job is the same as always – to be the best I can and try to win on Sunday.”
Verstappen said he is fit enough to race again following his 51G hit with the Copse barrier. “I’m a little bruised, of course but that’s normal after such a big impact but I’m training and feeling good.
“I did a 24-hour sim race this week and it was a good test to see how my body would react to spending time sat in one position and behind screens for a long time, I felt absolutely fine which makes me feel positive heading into the weekend. I’m definitely ready to go again.”
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