Horner Doubles Down on His Criticism of Hamilton & Mercedes’ Celebrations Amidst Verstappen Crash Drama

Published 07/24/2021, 4:19 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Despite a controversial collision with Max Verstappen on the opening lap and suffering a 10s penalty, Lewis Hamilton won his home Grand Prix. This victory also marks the 99th career win for the Briton, and he celebrated massively after the race in front of his home fans.

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Given the intensity of the crash, the entire Red Bull took offense to Hamilton’s celebration, and Christian  Horner, in particular, has been quite vocal in his criticism of the same.

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What did Christian Horner say?

“I am also still disappointed about the level of celebrations enjoyed in the wake of the accident,” said the Red Bull team principal.
“The Mercedes team were aware of the gravity of the crash, with Max widely reported as having been hospitalized and requiring further checks.
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 20, 2021. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates with team principle Christian Horner after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Nicolas Tucat.

“It is unimaginable not to inform your driver of the situation, moreover to protect your driver in case they do not show the necessary restraint in celebrating, particularly when it was as a result of an incident he was penalized for,” he added.

Red Bull will hope for a comeback at Hungary

Red Bull‘s run of five race wins came to an end at Silverstone. With Verstappen out of the game, they could only score one point from the race after Sergio Perez’s fastest lap, which meant that Mercedes managed to narrow down their points deficit in the standings. Red Bull currently lead the constructor championship with 289 points, just four points ahead of Silver Arrows.

Meanwhile, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes Verstappen and Red Bull are motivated more than ever after the controversial crash between the two title contenders at British GP.

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“Hungary will be a different challenge for the car and the Team and we will all be fully motivated to retain our championship lead,” said Christian Horner.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race REUTERS/Lisi Niesner TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.

“Max won’t dwell on anything from Silverstone and wants to do his talking on-track. He is determined to put this incident behind him and use it as added motivation for the rest of the season, as are we.”

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Do you think Verstappen and Red Bull will succeed in doing so? Or have Hamilton and Mercedes regained their momentum for good? Let us know in the comments sections below.

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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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