It still doesn’t seem to have reached the end there quarrels controversy following the Silverstone accident which saw protagonists Lewis Hamilton And Max Verstappen. Almost a week after the episode – and while the Dutch driver has decided to regain confidence with the wheel by participating in a race online endurance – the team principal Christian Horner he wanted to detail his thoughts in reference to some aspects of the discussion that have emerged in recent days. The British manager did so through a long article published on the official Red Bull website. Among the many issues touched on, Horner wanted to respond to those who criticized Verstappen for an alleged excessive closure on Hamilton at the Copse.
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“The narrative that Max was ‘overly aggressive’ at that stage was unwarranted” Horner pointed out. This was precisely the ‘defensive’ thesis put forward by Hamilton and Mercedes. In particular, the British driver, after the race, had publicly stated that Verstappen should not expect “than him [Hamilton] you lift your foot like everyone else does when he’s in the way “. Words that the number one of the Red Bull box wall sent back to the sender, also citing the data of the penalties awarded in the last twelve months. “Just look at the fact that Max has zero penalty points on his license and has never been found guilty of any misjudgment on the track in recent years. The aggressive 17-year-old Max Verstappen that Hamilton is referring to is not the Max Verstappen of today. Just like Hamilton is not the same driver as when he entered the sport “Horner added.
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Finally, the boss of the Milton Keyens team also expressed an opinion on the FIA’s decision to sanction those who – from now on – will enter the stewards’ offices without permission. “Having heard that Toto was putting pressure on the commissionersi – explained Horner, recalling what happened at Silverstone – I went to them to say that none of us were supposed to be there. It was not appropriate to interfere while the decision-making process was underway. It is also explained in the sporting code that this is not acceptable. I am now pleased to see that the FIA has made it clear that this type of lobbying will not be tolerated in the future. This behavior could in fact push commissioners towards a decision that is not entirely fair or impartial“.