Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has responded to Max Verstappen’s penalty. The Briton believes that the FIA wanted to make a statement by (only) punishing Verstappen.
Less than a week after the high-profile crash at Monza, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner still believes that both Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton were guilty of the crash.
“Both drivers knew they had to get ahead of the other because overtaking was difficult. Max was keen to seize the momentum and Lewis was keen to maintain his position.”
Horner also seems to refer in his column to the stories in the media that Verstappen would not have checked with Hamilton whether it was in order and the comments from the Mercedes camp about it.
“It was an unfortunate crash, but both drivers were able to immediately confirm that they were okay. With Lewis trying to reverse and get back into the race, even the doctor’s car did not think it necessary to intervene. I am grateful that the halo did its job. I think even the most outspoken skeptics have changed their minds now.”
Verstappen eventually received a three-place grid penalty, to be paid before the start of the Russian Grand Prix. Horner believes the FIA wanted to make a statement, but now only uses Verstappen for that – something he believes could have been done differently.
“I am still convinced that both sides played a role and it is difficult to blame one side more than the other. If the FIA had wanted to make a statement, they could have imposed the same penalty on both drivers. But it was judged that the fault was more with Max and as he failed to finish the race the only option was to give him a grid penalty, which we accept.”