The war, now anything but ‘cold’, between the Red Bull and the Mercedes. The accident caused at the first corner of the Hungarian GP by Valtteri Bottas – who, by mistaking the braking, eliminated Lando Norris’ McLaren and Sergio Perez’s Red Bull from the race, causing serious damage to the other car of Milton Keynes, driven by Max Verstappen – infuriated the boss of the Austrian team, Christian Horner. According to what was reported after the race by Nico Rosberg, 2016 world champion with Mercedes and today TV commentator, Horner himself would have refused an apology offered by Toto Wolff after the race. Horner, then interviewed by various televisions, severely attacked the home of the Star.
“Bottas made a huge mistake – thundered the British manager at Sky Sports F1 – he got off to a bad start and then tried to make up all the ground in turn 1. With a slippery track it’s impossible to do that. He made a kart driver’s mistake. He knocked out both of our cars in one move. This is another huge damage to us. Something we need to look into. These are the races and definitely [Wolff] he did not tell him to crash into the car, but the consequence for us is brutal and in the context of the cost cap, the FIA must take a look at all this“.
The Federation intervened sanctioning Bottas in view of the next GP, where the native of Nastola will be penalized by five positions on the grid. Horner, however, has teased Wolff again, wondering if he will then be the one to pay the costs of the damage suffered at Silverstone and here by the two Red Bulls. “Looking at the first half of the season we have won six races. We got knocked out of one by a tire exploding. Then we got kicked out of the Silverstone race and out of this race this weekend. We will take a break and come back recharged. The second half of the season will be epic “ Horner concluded.