Max Verstappen’s British Grand Prix collision with Lewis Hamilton value Red Bull $1.Eight million with ‘massive ramifications’ for a crew working below Formula One’s funds cap, principal Christian Horner stated on Friday. In a combative column on the Red Bull web site, Horner revealed the championship chief’s seat was damaged by the primary lap affect in final Sunday’s race at Silverstone. He continued guilty Hamilton and stated Mercedes’ race winner and seven-times world champion had obtained off flippantly with a 10-second penalty.
“Given the severity of the incident and the lenient penalty, we’re reviewing all knowledge and have the precise to request a assessment,” stated Horner.
“We are subsequently nonetheless trying on the proof and contemplating all of our sporting choices.”
Verstappen had began the race 33 factors away from Hamilton, after successful a Saturday dash, however ended up solely eight forward after crashing out once they made contact at Copse Corner.
Hamilton had tried to move on the within and Verstappen moved throughout, with the automobiles colliding.
Horner complained to race director Michael Masi on the time about Hamilton’s driving and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff went to see the stewards earlier than they’d taken a call, adopted by the Red Bull principal.
Masi had cleared Wolff to take action however groups have now been warned they face punishment in future if any personnel visited the stewards uninvited.
Horner stated he had gone to make the purpose that it was not acceptable for anybody to intrude and was happy to see the FIA clarification.
He defended Verstappen from accusations by Mercedes and Hamilton of being an ‘overly aggressive’ driver.
“You solely have to take a look at the actual fact Max has zero penalty factors on his licence and has not been discovered responsible of any on-track misjudgements lately,” he stated.
“The aggressive 17-year-old F1 rookie Max Verstappen that Hamilton is referring to is just not the Max Verstappen of at the moment, simply as Hamilton is just not the identical driver he was when he entered the game.
“The actuality is that Hamilton has met his match in a automotive that’s now aggressive, and I agree that each drivers want to indicate one another respect, however Hamilton was the aggressor on Sunday.”
Horner stated additionally that he was disenchanted by the ‘level of celebrations’ after the race by Hamilton and Mercedes, with Verstappen nonetheless in hospital for checks.
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