Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s crash at the British Grand Prix last year sparked a lot of controversy.
While it has now been almost a year since that event, the fact that the upcoming race is at the same venue will undoubtedly remind many people of the events that unfolded last season.
Following the crash, Verstappen had sent a secret text message regarding Hamilton, as revealed by F1 pundit Tom Coronel.
As many would remember, the high-speed crash meant Verstappen had to be taken to hospital. Although he was not in the best of shape at the time, he allegedly had enough energy to send a Whatsapp message before reaching the hospital.
With the duo going wheel-to-wheel, there was a lot of debate at the time over who was actually at fault for the crash.
What was the secret message Verstappen sent Coronel?
Coronel has now revealed that he sent a message to Verstappen after the crash asking him if he was alright.
It didn’t take very long for Verstappen to respond to this and in precisely three minutes, Coronel’s phone notified him of the Dutchman’s response.
It read: “Cannot cope with the pressure that guy hahaha. Don’t worry Tommy, we’re gonna beat him this year.”
Coronel revealed further details of the Whatsapp conversation.
“I have Max on the WhatsApp, when he was on his way to the hospital from Silverstone,” he said.
“I tell you he never complained he was pushed out, never. He just said Tommy don’t worry we will catch him.
“He is on his way to hospital, he just got out of the crash. He is not complaining that he was pushed out, he is not complaining that he is hurt
“He is just saying haha the guy cannot cope with the pressure and we are going to kick back this season. Then you do not have balls, then you have skippy balls.
“This shows to me the mindset, Max, the mind is so strong, so strong.”
Hamilton refused to apologise to Verstappen
This was just one of many talking points from last season.
As things panned out in the race, Verstappen was forced to retire and Hamilton took full advantage, going on to win the race.
To be fair to Hamilton, he had expressed his concern about Verstappen’s well-being at the time.
However, he did not apologise for his part in the incident.
“I don’t think I’m in the position to have to apologise for anything, we’re out there racing,” Hamilton had said.