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HIS name might be above the door, but don’t expect to see Craig Lowndes running the show when he steps out of the Supercars cockpit for the final time.

The 43-year-old veteran has called Triple Eight Race Engineering home since 2005 and penned his latest deal with them in May last year, one which takes him through to the end of the 2019 season.

But while his new squad may be branded as Autobarn Lowndes Racing, team ownership is not on Lowndes’ radar.

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Hungary Grand Prix, news, Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, crash, feud, driver’s standings, Red Bull, Mercedes

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Max Verstappen remains unhappy with Lewis Hamilton despite clearing the air with the Briton during a phone call following their spectacular crash.

Dutchman Verstappen was taken to hospital as seven-time champion Hamilton closed the gap to eight points in the standings before this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver declined to go into any detail, adding instead he was more upset by the defending champion’s post-race celebrations.

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Lap 1: Lewis sends Max CRASHING OUT! | 01:37

“One guy is in hospital, the other guy is waving the flag around like nothing has happened while you pushed the guy into the wall with 51Gs,” he said.

“And not only that, just the whole reaction of the team. That’s not how you celebrate a win. Especially a win — how they got it.

“That’s what I found really disrespectful. In a way, it shows how they really are. It comes out after a pressure situation. I wouldn’t want to be seen like that.”

Mercedes ramped up the war of words with Formula One rivals Red Bull by accusing them of attempting to “tarnish the good name and sporting integrity of Lewis Hamilton”.

The accusation came after Red Bull failed to win a review into the 10-second penalty handed to Hamilton for the world champion’s controversial collision with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix.

“In addition to bringing this incident to a close we hope this decision will mark the end of a concerted attempt by the senior management of Red Bull Racing to tarnish the good name and sporting integrity of Lewis Hamilton,” said a Mercedes statement.

Hamilton said he would be ready to repeat his controversial pass on Verstappen which caused the championship leader to crash out of the British Grand Prix earlier this month.

“In terms of the move, I’d do it again exactly as I’ve done it in the past,” said Hamilton who can claim his 100th career win on Sunday.

“I think, growing up, wheel-to-wheel racing was always the best, from karting. The most exciting part of motor sport is when you see close racing.

“We’re now seeing two teams incredibly close on performance. And if there’s more people watching then that tells you all you need to know,” he added.

Verstappen wins first ever sprint race | 01:04

Mercedes’ Hamilton defended his reaction after the win while Red Bull’s mood was not improved when their bid to have a review of Hamilton’s 10-second penalty imposed for the crash was thrown out by race stewards.

“I don’t believe our behaviour was disrespectful. It’s one thing knowing and then celebrating what happened and there’s one thing not knowing and celebrating. Obviously I wasn’t aware,” Hamilton said.

“It was my home Grand Prix and we worked incredibly hard for who knows how long to get a result like that.

“Emotions were running high. It wasn’t an intentional celebration it was just the joy of seeing so many people and so many people celebrating, being together and that’s the natural emotion. I’m not going to hide my emotions. It was an amazing feeling,” he added.

Verstappen distanced himself from claims made by his team boss Christian Horner who accused seven-time champion Hamilton of “dirty driving”.

“That’s the first time I heard it like that. No, I think he just misjudged the moment in that corner.” Hamilton, 36, received a 10-second penalty for his role in the collision and Verstappen said it was too lenient.

“I don’t think the penalty was correct because basically you take out your main rival and, especially with the speed we have in our cars, we are miles ahead of, let’s say, the third-best team.

“We are easily 40, 50 seconds ahead in normal conditions. So, a 10 second penalty doesn’t do anything so definitely that penalty should have been more severe.”

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How much did Max Verstappen’s crash cost Red Bull, British GP

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner said Friday his team has been left with a bill for a whopping AUD$1.8 million to repair the damage to Max Verstappen’s car after the controversial collision with Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix.

Verstappen and seven-time world champion Hamilton clashed on the opening lap of last weekend’s race at Silverstone.

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The Dutchman was forced to retire and undergo a six-hour hospital check-up while Hamilton took victory to revive his title hopes.

“That crash has cost us approximately $1.8 million and an accident like that has massive ramifications in a budget cap era,” Horner wrote in a column on the team’s official website.

Horner was not happy with how Mercedes celebrated the win at Silverstone.Source: AFP

Horner also criticised Hamilton for his celebrations on the podium, a display already blasted as “disrespectful and unsportsmanlike” by Verstappen.

Even though Hamilton was handed a 10-second penalty, his victory allowed him to slash Verstappen’s lead in the championship from 33 points to just eight.

“I am also still disappointed about the level of celebrations enjoyed in the wake of the accident,” added Horner.

“The Mercedes team were aware of the gravity of the crash, with Max widely reported as having been hospitalised and requiring further checks.

“It is unimaginable not to inform your driver of the situation, moreover to protect your driver in case they do not show the necessary restraint in celebrating, particularly when it was as a result of an incident he was penalised for.”

Horner continued his criticism of Hamilton for his role in the first-lap crash.

“The reality is that Hamilton has met his match in a car that is now competitive, and I agree that both drivers need to show each other respect, but Hamilton was the aggressor on Sunday,” he wrote.

Hamilton celebrated a win on home soil.Source: AFP

“I also felt the narrative that Max was being ‘overly aggressive’ was unjustified.

“You only have to look at the fact Max has zero penalty points on his licence and has not been found guilty of any on-track misjudgements in recent years.”

Hamilton and Verstappen will renew their rivalry at the Hungarian Grand Prix next weekend.

Horner added: “I spoke to Max on Monday morning and he felt like he’d done a few rounds with (heavyweight boxer) Tyson Fury.

“He was battered and bruised but feeling lucky and grateful to the medical team, as we all are, and in true Max style he was already trying to put it out of his mind and look ahead to Hungary.”

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Max Verstappen crash, evidence, Lewis Hamilton, British Grand Prix, Red Bull, Mercedes, update

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In a new twist, Formula 1 expert Martin Brundle has revealed Red Bull believes it has the data to prove Lewis Hamilton entered Copse corner on the first lap faster than any other during the Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen accused seven-time world champion Hamilton of being “dangerous, disrespectful and unsportsmanlike” following their collision at Silverstone on Sunday.

Red Bull’s Verstappen had to retire from the race while Hamilton went on to win, slashing the Dutchman’s lead in the championship from 33 points to just eight.

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“Red Bull felt it was a professional foul, an intentional accident from Hamilton,” Brundle wrote in his post-race Sky Sports F1 column.

“They were incandescent, their potential world champion was bruised, their car expensively wrecked in this new cost cap era, and with possible grid penalties to come from any engine and ancillary damage.

“They would score zero points from the race and both championship leads would be seriously eroded. I am told by Red Bull there is data to prove Lewis was significantly faster into Copse than at any other time and he would not have made the corner without running wide, and inevitably contacting Max.

“Presumably, that will be made publicly available and if Red Bull feel they have ‘new evidence’ they may well make an appeal to the FIA as to their perceived degree of fault and leniency regarding Hamilton.”

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Mercedes, meanwhile, insisted Lewis Hamilton’s controversial first-lap move on world championship rival Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix was “absolutely in line with the overtaking guide”.

“As far as we are concerned, the manoeuvre that took place, the manoeuvre that Lewis did, was absolutely in line with the FIA’s overtaking guide,” said Mercedes technical chief James Allison.

Hamilton was penalised 10 seconds for the incident.

“Lewis definitely was substantially alongside. He had his front axle well beyond the midpoint of Verstappen’s car,” added Allison.

“It requires you are substantially alongside and it requires that you must be able to make the corner. By make the corner it means go round the corner and not leave the track or lose control of the car. Those are the things you need to satisfy.

“If you can go round the corner, if you are substantially alongside the other car then the corner is yours.” He added: “I did feel that it was harsh to get the penalty.

“This is about what are the rules to do with overtaking and I didn’t see that Lewis did anything wrong with respect to those rules.”

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