Red Bull has launched a new attack on Lewis Hamilton in the wake of Max Verstappen’s collision in Hungary.
In the Drivers’ Championship, Lewis Hamilton sits eight points behind Max Verstappen.
Christian Horner, the Red Bull boss, has slammed Lewis Hamilton once more for his role in the incident that forced Max Verstappen out of the British Grand Prix, pointing out that Verstappen has no penalty points on his license while Hamilton has two. Horner was outspoken both before and after the race, requesting that the Briton be punished more severely after claiming maximum points in dramatic fashion.
After a fierce opening exchange between the championship rivals, Hamilton made an aggressive move at Copse corner.
The duo came wheel-to-wheel after diving up the inside, and Verstappen was sent flying into the tyre wall at great speed.
Obviously, Hamilton defended his innocence by claiming that the two were side-by-side, but the Red Bull team disagreed.
Hamilton fell to fifth place after receiving a 10-second penalty, but he produced a thrilling return to beat Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in the final stages and clinch a stunning victory.
“I believed the narrative that Max was being ‘overly aggressive’ at that stage was unjustified,” Horner wrote in his Red Bull piece, referring to Hamilton.
“All you have to do is look at Max’s license, which has zero penalty points on it and he hasn’t been found guilty of any on-track errors in recent years.
“The aggressive 17-year-old F1 rookie Max Verstappen referred to by Hamilton is not the same Max Verstappen of today, just as Hamilton is not the same driver he was when he first entered the sport.
“Of course, both drivers are uncompromising in their driving styles, but they are both incredibly skilled and experienced drivers.
“The reality is that Hamilton has met his match in a competitive car, and while I believe that both drivers must respect each other, Hamilton was the aggressor on Sunday.”
Tensions in the Red Bull camp were naturally high following the race, given their devastating losses in the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships.
After started the race in the pits, Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez also ended outside of the points.
Horner and team advisor Helmut Marko were equally furious, suggesting Hamilton should have been punished far more severely. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”