LONDON (Reuters) – Max Verstappen’s British Grand Prix collision with Lewis Hamilton cost Red Bull $ 1.8 million with “massive ramifications” for a team operating under the Formula 1 budget cap, Director Christian Horner said on Friday.
In a combative column on the Red Bull website, Horner revealed that the championship leader’s seat was shattered by the impact of the first round during last Sunday’s race at Silverstone.
He continued to blame Hamilton and said the Mercedes race winner and seven-time world champion got away with a 10-second penalty.
“Given the seriousness of the incident and the lenient sanction, we are reviewing all data and have the right to request a review,” Horner said.
“So we are always looking at the evidence and considering all of our sporting options. “
Verstappen had started the race 33 points ahead of Hamilton, having won a sprint on Saturday, but was only eight ahead after crashing when they made contact at Copse Corner.
Hamilton had attempted to overtake on the inside and Verstappen moved, the cars collided.
Horner complained to race director Michael Masi about Hamilton’s conduct and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff went to the stewards before they made a decision, followed by Red Bull manager.
Masi had given Wolff permission to do so, but the teams have now been warned that they would face penalties in the future if a staff member visited the stewards uninvited.
Horner said he went to point out that it was not appropriate for anyone to interfere and was happy to see the FIA’s clarification.
He defended Verstappen against accusations by Mercedes and Hamilton of being an “overly aggressive” driver.
“Just consider the fact that Max has no penalty points on his license and has not been found guilty of any error in judgment on the track in recent years,” he said.
“The aggressive 17-year-old F1 rookie Max Verstappen that Hamilton refers to is not today’s Max Verstappen, just as Hamilton is not the same driver he was when he entered the sport.
“The reality is that Hamilton met his game in a car that is now competitive, and I agree that the two drivers have to respect each other, but Hamilton was the aggressor on Sunday.”
Horner also said he was disappointed with the “level of celebrations” after the race by Hamilton and Mercedes, with Verstappen still in hospital for check-ups.
Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Pritha Sarkar