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Max Verstappen's dad has come out in support of his son following the Dutchman's collision with Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix.
The title rivals lined up alongside one another on the front row of the grid at Silverstone but collided on the opening lap as Hamilton attempted to overtake Verstappen.
Verstappen was forced out of the race and taken to hospital for precautionary checks, but revealed he had been released on Monday morning.
Hamilton was given a 10-second penalty following the incident but recovered to win the race, and was branded "disrespectful" by Verstappen for celebrating while his rival was still in hospital.
Jos Verstappen, pictured with son Max, has hit out at Hamilton
(Image: Getty Images)
Red Bull chief Christian Horner also took aim at Hamilton, claiming his victory at Silverstone was "hollow".
And now Jos Verstappen, father of Max, has joined the dissenting voices.
“It's really not acceptable what he [Hamilton] did," he told Dutch publication De Telegraaf.
“I think a 10 second penalty is really ridiculous. As far as I am concerned they should have just disqualified him.
“Max gives him space and is just in front of him. You can't overtake on the inside."
Hamilton celebrates his victory
(Image: Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Hamilton cut the gap to Verstappen at the top of the championship to just eight points with victory, and insisted he did not know his rival was in hospital after the race.
He told Sky Sports: "I didn't know he was in hospital. Honestly, no it doesn’t [take a shine off it]. This is racing.
"Of course I would love to be able to race and us to leave each other space and there is plenty of space on the track for us to get around and manage for a long time without colliding with someone.
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"But when someone is just too aggressive, these things are bound to happen and there’s not a single driver here that doesn’t know how aggressive a driver can be.
"There’s not really much more for me to say. I hope he’s OK. OF course I would love to have a wheel to wheel battle for the whole race.
“I enjoy racing with him, but I would never back down from everyone and I would not be bullied into being less aggressive.
"Today, this weekend, we needed the points, there was a gap, he left a gap and I went for it."