Horner Reveals Precautionary Advice He’d Give to Verstappen When Overtaking Lewis Hamilton

Published 07/30/2021, 12:10 PM EDT
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


The Max Verstappen – Lewis Hamilton incident at the British Grand Prix stirred an intense level of controversy between the two F1 teams. Christian Horner, of all, was absolutely distraught with the crash, as he blamed it entirely on the eventual race winner, Hamilton.

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And after over 2 weeks now, Horner is still reluctant at letting Hamilton off easy. Following the FP2 session in Budapest, the Briton took yet another dig at the 7-time world champion. Only this time, it wasn’t necessarily serious, but more of a joke.

What did the Red Bull boss say?

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During the interview, Horner opined how Verstappen could avoid a repeat of Silverstone in the future. He reckoned that the Dutchman should stop overtaking the Mercedes driver around the outside.

I guess the thing is, as history dictates, don’t be on the outside. The advice must be, ‘make sure you’re there on the inside’. And based on the rollings that we’ve seen, there have to be a consistent application of that, moving forward,” he said.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Hamilton hasn’t had much luck while overtaking a Red Bull around the outside during a race. And it all started with Alex Albon back in 2019 at the Brazilian GP.

The 25-year-old was finally on course to secure his first F1 podium at Sao Paulo, only to be denied by Hamilton, just over a lap away from the chequered flag.

Just a couple of race weekends later at the 2020 Austrian GP, Hamilton clipped Albon’s rear while he was attempting a move around the outside of Turn 4.

Penalties are relatively menial: Horner on stewards’ decision against Lewis Hamilton

Horner opined that the stewards are becoming too “menial“, with their penalties hardly making an impact on the driver at fault. The Briton backed the statement with Hamilton’s British GP incident.

Despite sabotaging his rival’s race and receiving a 10-second time penalty, the 7-time world champion managed to secure the race win.

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Now, we wanna see close and competitive racing between these two drivers. And we wanted to make sure make that it was clean racing,” he said.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after finishing first and second respectively in the sprint race qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

I think hard but fair is, you know, what the sport is all about. But, what we don’t wanna see is a whole bunch of incidents like we’ve seen, because the penalties are relatively menial.”

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Overall, one might believe that Hamilton‘s incidents with drivers attempting maneuvers around the outside of a turn are a mere coincidence. However, will the Mercedes driver cause a similar episode later this season to bolster Horner’s claim? Only time will tell.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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