“A desperate maneuver”. Thus the Red Bull team principal Christian Horner defined Lewis Hamilton’s attack inside the Copse which culminated in contact with Max Verstappen and the Dutchman’s ruinous exit. Toto Wolff, number one of the Mercedes wall, obviously does not share the same opinion.
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“It takes two to tango, they say, accidents happen in two – the words of Wolff – neither of the two pilots was willing to give up and neither gave space to the other. It is clearly written in the regulation that if you are flanked by half the car inside, the curve is yours and not of those on the outside who at that point must leave space. After all, just look at how it went at the end of the race with Leclerc for example “. Clear and clear words on the fact that Lewis Hamilton is not the culprit in this situation even if the commissioners have judged otherwise by punishing the Mercedes driver with a ten-second penalty.
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“What matters is that Verstappen is fine – added Wolff – we are witnessing a championship in which a seven-time world champion is fighting against an emerging star perhaps with a vehicle that is not up to the standard of that available to his rival. The duelists ended up in contact today, we have also seen this happen in the past in the history of F1. The race was thrilling, catching Charles so few kilometers from the checkered flag made everything very exciting ”.