Red Bull CEO Christian Horner defended Max Verstappen vehemently, saying, “It wasn’t our responsibility.”
After a dismal weekend in Hungary, Red Bull CEO Christian Horner defends his squad.
Red Bull CEO Christian Horner has defended his driver Max Verstappen after the team and driver, through no fault of their own, lost control of the world championship standings at the Hungarian Grand Prix. After a weekend in which Mercedes struggled for momentum, Verstappen had been leading the standings since round five, the Monaco Grand Prix, when he won around the streets of Monte Carlo.
Hamilton, who had been off the pace all weekend, began eighth and ended seventh, with teammate Valtteri Bottas quitting from the race due to a pit stop issue.
However, in Baku, Verstappen was involved in a high-speed tyre blowout while leading the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, and was only able to maintain his championship lead after Hamilton made an uncommon mistake after a red flag restart.
Since then, Verstappen has dominated the standings, with Mercedes appearing to be unable to match Red Bull on the track.
The pendulum swung at the British Grand Prix, when Verstappen and Hamilton collided head-on on the opening lap, causing the 23-year-old to sustain major and costly damage at Silverstone, forcing him to retire from the race without having completed a lap.
Hamilton was found to be at fault for the crash and given a ten-second time penalty, but he battled back to win the race and gain valuable points over his title opponent.
In the next race in Budapest, Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez got caught up as Valtteri Bottas, who started second behind Hamilton, had a sluggish start and locked up under braking in wet conditions on the run down to Turn one, banging into the back of McLaren’s Lando Norris.
Norris then hit Verstappen, who suffered significant damage to his barge board, prompting Bottas to slide into Perez, forcing him to retire.
Perez was forced to withdraw from the race, and after hobbling his Red Bull to the finish line, Verstappen was only able to score two points for the team.
As a result of the result, Red Bull has only scored two points in the last two races, with Hamilton now leading the championship by eight points and Mercedes advancing in the team standings.
Horner, on the other hand, defended his drivers, saying, “Brinkwire Summary News.”