Lewis Hamilton accused by Red Bull chief of faking injuries

After Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crashed during the Italian Grand Prix, Red Bull boss Helmut Marko accused Mercedes of fabricating injuries.

The title rivals clashed for the second time this season, with Hamilton claiming that his neck hurt after Verstappen’s wheel fell on his car’s roof.

The halo on Hamilton’s car appeared to have saved him from catastrophic harm, but Marko claims the defending champion feigned discomfort.

“It was a typical racing collision, and Mercedes pulled all the stories around it,” Marko told Sport24 Auto. “When Hamilton tried to get out of the gravel trap with the return, Verstappen had already gotten off.

“And then a show is pulled off that poor Hamilton is suddenly injured, et cetera.”

Verstappen had blame laid at his door for the crash and has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the Russian Grand Prix on 26 September.

Marko added about the punishment: “I don’t get upset by that, even though it was a racing incident.”

Verstappen is leading Hamilton by five points in the title race and Mercedes’ team principal Toto Wolff has warned the drivers about taking it too far.

He said: “We don’t want to have situations in the future where one loses a position and the only way of stopping the other one scoring is to take him out.

“Both of them need to leave space for each other, race each other hard but avoid accidents.

“It was good fun until now, but we have seen the halo save Lewis’ life on Sunday and Max had a heavy impact in Silverstone, and we don’t want to get to a situation where we intervene because someone gets really hurt.”

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