Purple Bull is contemplating asking for a evaluation of Lewis Hamilton’s penalty within the British Grand Prix after revealing the price of the harm to Max Verstappen’s automobile at $1.8 million.
Hamilton was handed a 10-second time penalty at Silverstone after he made contact with Verstappen’s right-rear wheel at Copse at practically 180mph, pitching the championship chief into the barrier at excessive velocity. The Purple Bull was successfully destroyed within the incident after an influence of 51G, and Horner says a request to evaluation the penalty would possibly nonetheless be forthcoming.
“It’s no secret that we felt on the time, and nonetheless really feel, that Hamilton was given a lightweight penalty for the sort of incident,” Horner mentioned. “Given the severity of the incident and the lenient penalty, we’re reviewing all knowledge and have the appropriate to request a evaluation. We’re subsequently nonetheless wanting on the proof and contemplating all of our sporting choices.
“The opposite vital issue is the cost-cap aspect of this. That crash has value us roughly $1.8 million and an accident like that has large ramifications in a price range cap period.”
Horner can also be nonetheless sad in regards to the stage of postrace celebrations from Mercedes on Sunday, given the data Verstappen was in hospital on the time present process MRI and CT scans.
“I want to reply to some feedback I’ve seen from Toto (Wolff), who’s quoted as saying our feedback concerning Hamilton having brought on the accident had been ‘so private.’
“I want to make it clear. This was an on-track incident between two of one of the best drivers on the planet. On the time limit when you might have a driver in hospital and the extent of any accidents haven’t but been made clear, your automobile has been written off and the stewards have penalized the driving force seen to be accountable, it’s pure that emotion comes into play, for all concerned, whether or not you are feeling wronged or victorious.
“I additionally felt the narrative that Max was being ‘overly aggressive’ at that stage was unjustified. You solely have to have a look at the very fact Max has zero penalty factors on his license and has not been discovered responsible of any on-track misjudgments in recent times. The aggressive 17-year-old F1 rookie Max Verstappen that Hamilton is referring to shouldn’t be the Max Verstappen of as we speak, simply as Hamilton shouldn’t be the identical driver he was when he entered the game.
“Each drivers are after all uncompromising of their driving type, however they’re each extremely expert drivers with an excessive amount of expertise. The truth is that Hamilton has met his match in a automobile that’s now aggressive, and I agree that each drivers want to point out one another respect, however Hamilton was the aggressor on Sunday.
“I’m additionally nonetheless disillusioned in regards to the stage of celebrations loved within the wake of the accident. The Mercedes crew had been conscious of the gravity of the crash with Max extensively reported as having been hospitalized and requiring additional checks.
“It’s unimaginable to not inform your driver of the state of affairs, furthermore to guard your driver in case they don’t present the mandatory restraint in celebrating, notably when it was because of an incident he was penalized for.”