Christian Horner issues a warning to Lewis Hamilton about the rear wing issue, citing “clear evidence.”
Following the Stewards hearing between Red Bull and Mercedes, Christian Horner made no apologies.
After a tense hearing in Qatar, Red Bull boss Christian Horner suggested that the row over Lewis Hamilton’s rear wing is far from over.
Last time out in Brazil, the Briton had far superior straight-line speed, which helped him fight back and claim a famous victory over title rival Max Verstappen.
Mercedes reopened the can of worms by appealing an incident that occurred on lap 48 of the race, after a weekend of controversy had died down.
Verstappen appeared to run both cars wide in an attempt to prevent Hamilton from passing after several laps of wheel-to-wheel racing for the lead.
Later in the week, new on-board footage surfaced, prompting the Silver Arrows to return the matter to the FIA.
On Thursday, a hearing was held before the verdict was handed down on Friday, denying Mercedes’ right to appeal.
Following a tense press conference in which Horner and his Mercedes counterpart, Toto Wolff, sparred, the focus shifted to Red Bull’s response to Hamilton’s rear wing issue.
Horner told Sky Sports, “In our minds, they’ve obviously found a clever solution with their rear wing.”
“Policing it is the responsibility of the FIA.”
We [protest]towards Mercedes, and we [receive]it with interest in the other direction.
“Since Hungary, there has been a significant change in straight-line speed that has steadily increased.
“In Brazil, you had Lewis in a far superior car in terms of straight-line speed, and Max hanging on.”
“No one else could hold on for more than three laps against Lewis.”
Despite this, Verstappen’s tenacity was not enough to win in Sao Paulo, and Hamilton seized the opportunity to close the gap at the top of the drivers’ standings.
Qatar is set to host another close-fought battle with huge implications on either side, now separated by just 14 points.
While Horner’s comments indicate that the problem with Hamilton’s rear wing will not be ignored, his vision for the rest of the season is clear.
“We want it handled on the track, not in the stewards’ room,” says the team.
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