Horner Accuses Hamilton of Painting Verstappen as an ‘Aggressive 17-Year-Old F1 Rookie’

Published 07/24/2021, 1:16 PM EDT
BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 09: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain Mercedes AMG Petronas looks on in parc ferme next to Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Red Bull Racing after winning the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 09, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Despite suffering a 10-second penalty, the seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton clinched his eighth British GP title. The stewards awarded Hamilton the penalty after the opening lap collision with his arch-rival, Max Verstappen. However, after the race, the reigning champion Lewis Hamilton pointed fingers at the Dutch for his aggressive driving at Silverstone.

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Meanwhile, Christian Horner believes referring to Max Verstappen as an over-aggressive after the British GP incident is quite absurd. Moreover, the Red Bull team principal admits that the Dutchman is only one of the three drivers to be with no penalty points this season.

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What did Christian Horner say?

“You only have to look at the fact Max has zero penalty points on his license and has not been found guilty of any on-track misjudgments in recent years,” said Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner.

“The aggressive 17-year-old F1 rookie Max Verstappen that Hamilton is referring to is not the Max Verstappen of today, just as Hamilton is not the same driver he was when he entered the sport.”

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen before the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron.

“Both drivers are of course uncompromising in their driving style, but they are both highly skilled drivers with a great deal of experience,” added Christian Horner.

Verstappen British GP crash will cost 1.8 Million Euros: Horner

The two title contenders, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided during the opening lap at Silverstone. As a result, the Dutch went flying into the barriers in an impact measured to be 51G.

Meanwhile, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner revealed the price of damage to Verstappen’s Rb16B after the controversial collision with Hamilton at British GP.

“Given the severity of the incident and the lenient penalty, we are reviewing all data and have the right to request a review. We are therefore still looking at the evidence and considering all of our sporting options,” said Christian Horner.

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Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 6, 2021. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen kicks the wheel of his car after crashing out of the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov.

“The other significant factor is the cost-cap element of this. That crash has cost us approximately $1.8million and an accident like that has massive ramifications in a budget cap era.”

Despite failing to add no points to his points tally, Max Verstappen still leads the driver’s championship. Whereas, his arch-rival, Lewis Hamilton sits at P2 only eight points behind the Dutchman.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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