The Max Verstappen – Lewis Hamilton crash has taken the duo’s rivalry to another level. After a 51G crash sent the former to the hospital, this rivalry took form of a war of words between the drivers, team principals, as well as advisors, and got FIA director Michael Masi as well.
While Toto Wolff sent Masi an email to explain why Hamilton wasn’t at fault, Christian Horner, too, contacted the director on the radio.
Christian Horner blames Lewis Hamilton for crash with Max Verstappen
The arch-rivals were pushing each other to the limit as they zipped around Silverstone. However, as Hamilton tried to overtake Verstappen, the former’s left-front tire hit the latter’s rear-right, which sent the 23-year-old hurdling towards the barrier.
Naturally, Horner came on the FIA radio to complain to Masi about the incident. He said, “Michael have you got a minute? Yeah, Michael look, that corner, he was never really anywhere alongside him. Every driver that has driven at this circuit, knows you do not stick a wheel at the inside at Copse.
“You know that’s an enormous accident. And it was 100% Max’s corner, so as far I am concerned, fully blame lays on Hamilton, who should have never been in that position. So you know you could have a massive accident.
“Thank God he’s walked away unscathed. I hope you’re going to deal with appropriately,” Horner concluded.
Masi replied, “Understood Christian, that’s why it’s just gone up now that things have come down for a second as under investigation by the stewards.”
Red Bull will be fired up after the events at Silverstone
As Verstappen was out of the race, Hamilton won the British GP – his home race, even though he was slapped with a 10-second time penalty.
The Knight took home twenty-five points and now has an eight-point deficit in the championships against Verstappen. Similarly, in the constructors’ championship, Mercedes just have a four-point gap to the rivals, Red Bull.
Horner was disappointed not to capitalize this weekend, but says they will be stronger than ever at the next venue.
“This is an incredibly difficult way to end the British Grand Prix weekend and it goes without saying that we are all just thankful Max was able to walk away from the car, despite later being taken to hospital for precautionary checks.”
SOCHI, RUSSIA: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks in a press conference during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Laurent Charniaux – Pool/Getty Images)
“We come away with a slim lead in both championships and you can be sure that once we have had time to reflect on today, all this weekend will do is add fire to our championship fight,” Horner explained.
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