Damon Hill’s Latest Jibe at Red Bull Boss Horner on Social Media Draws the Ire of Fans

Published 11/20/2021, 8:00 AM EST
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The championship battle has been a season-long event of accusations, drama, and a lot of controversies. Yet, what has driven the temperatures high, are the outside opinions. Whether they are from fans, the media, or F1 pundits- everyone is wholly involved. Further, everyone has taken sides and is standing by for their player relentlessly. Although admirable, things are taking a dark turn for Christian Horner.

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Damon Hill has been a crucial part of Sky Sport’s commentary, providing unique insights into the ongoing battle. However, in a recent tweet, the champion had some strong words to say against Red Bull boss, Horner.

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Likening the team principal to a children’s song, Hill sided with ‘the Wolff‘ in F1’s latest chronicle. “In this F1 soap opera, pantomime or Grimm Fairy tale (take your pick) the Wolff appears to be the good guy whilst Little Jack Horner is still trying to pull out a plumb. Without success so far.”

Hill’s statements were regarding Friday’s press conference session where both team principles waged war on each other. However, in a later interview with Horner, the Red Bull boss retaliated to Hill’s questions about Max. Could Hill be holding a grudge against Horner? It remains unsaid.

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Hill has been critical of Verstappen for a while now, and with the Brazilian GP Turn 4 incident still open for discussion, everything is piling on. Regarding his views on the incident, Hill asked Horner, “Where are we with driving standards… because my personal view is that Max was over the limit.”

Horner went on to defend his driver, as one would expect, and ended his argument with, “I don’t quite understand why you’re being so hard on Max.”

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And quick scroll through the comments show fans didn’t understand either. Hill’s been taking a lot of heat on social media for constantly siding with Lewis. Now being compared to his peers like Martin Brundle, fans ask Hill to look at the fight with objectivity.

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Although as a fan of the sport, surely he has his preference. But as a pundit and commentator, harsh criticisms towards a certain team and their driver are unfair. Regardless, there is a crucial three rounds of racing ahead of the teams. Mercedes seem to have the pace advantage, while Red Bull struggle with technicalities. Surely the external pressures will do nothing to push either team off their track to the title.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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