F1: Christian Horner takes aim at Lewis Hamilton as Verstappen reacts

Camp Red Bull is unhappy with events in Saudi Arabia (Image: Getty)

Red Bull director, Christian Horner, appeared to make a shot Lewis Hamilton after the Saudi Grand Prix, while Max Verstappen thanked fans for ‘having a clear mind about racing’ after being voted Driver of the Day.

The 24-year-old lost his lead in the drivers’ championship race on a chaotic and dramatic night in Jeddah, forcing him to cede first place at the end of the race and suffering a penalty. penalty lasts 5 seconds.

Hamilton also drove into the back of Verstappen as he tried to yield his spot, with the seven-time champion accused his opponent of ‘trying the brakes’ on him and crossed a line.

Hamilton was unhappy with Verstappen despite the win (Image: Getty)

Team Principle Horner has denied those suggestions, arguing that Hamilton slowed as they approached the DRS line, while he also appeared to be steering Mercedes because he was unable to stay with Verstappen at the DRS line. first leg.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Horner said: ‘I think we found it difficult to take the five-second penalty and then the incident where Lewis ran into Max’s back, they would go and explain in front of him. the managers.

‘But Max was trying to relinquish the position, we informed the race control that we were returning the position and he gave up. I think Lewis has really stepped up and I don’t know if he’s messing with the DRS line there but obviously we gave up. ‘

Responding to Damon Hill in what appeared to be a dig into Hamilton’s performance, he added: ‘I think as you know Damon, the first area is driver dependent and the next two areas. driven by the engine. So anyone can drive easily down to straight bits.

‘I think what Max is able to do through the requirements of a field is really impressive. And that’s his only chance to stay ahead. If you look at the performance difference around the lap, it’s remarkable what he can do. ‘

The title will now be decided in the final race of the season (Image: Getty)

Verstappen also made a similar fighting move after the race – meaning the title will now be decided in next week’s season finale in Abu Dhabi – and hit his penalty, while he clearly felt his driving was within limits.

He said: ‘I find it interesting that I am the winner of the penalty when we both run off the white line. In Brazil it was fine and now suddenly I get a penalty when you can see neither of them took the corner. ‘

Reacting to being voted by fans as Driver of the Day, Verstappen added: ‘Fortunately, fans have a clear mind about racing. I’m just trying to race. This sport is more about penalties than racing. I’m glad the fans enjoyed it and I gave it my all for today. ‘

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