Pink Bull boss Christian Horner mentioned Friday his group has been left with a invoice for a whopping AUD$1.8 million to restore the harm to Max Verstappen’s automotive after the controversial collision with Lewis Hamilton on the British Grand Prix.
Verstappen and seven-time world champion Hamilton clashed on the opening lap of last weekend’s race at Silverstone.
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The Dutchman was forced to retire and undergo a six-hour hospital check-up whereas Hamilton took victory to revive his title hopes.
“That crash has price us roughly $1.8 million and an accident like that has huge ramifications in a finances cap period,” Horner wrote in a column on the group’s official web site.
Horner additionally criticised Hamilton for his celebrations on the rostrum, a show already blasted as “disrespectful and unsportsmanlike” by Verstappen.
Though Hamilton was handed a 10-second penalty, his victory allowed him to slash Verstappen’s lead within the championship from 33 factors to only eight.
“I’m additionally nonetheless dissatisfied concerning the degree of celebrations loved within the wake of the accident,” added Horner.
“The Mercedes group had been conscious of the gravity of the crash, with Max extensively reported as having been hospitalised 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 required restraint in celebrating, significantly when it was on account of an incident he was penalised for.”
Horner continued his criticism of Hamilton for his function within the first-lap crash.
“The truth is that Hamilton has met his match in a automotive that’s now aggressive, and I agree that each drivers want to point out one another respect, however Hamilton was the aggressor on Sunday,” he wrote.
“I additionally felt the narrative that Max was being ‘overly aggressive’ was unjustified.
“You solely have to take a look at the actual fact Max has zero penalty factors on his licence and has not been discovered responsible of any on-track misjudgements in recent times.”
Hamilton and Verstappen will renew their rivalry on the Hungarian Grand Prix subsequent weekend.
Horner added: “I spoke to Max on Monday morning and he felt like he’d completed a couple of rounds with (heavyweight boxer) Tyson Fury.
“He was battered and bruised however feeling fortunate and grateful to the medical group, as all of us are, and in true Max type he was already attempting to place it out of his thoughts and sit up for Hungary.”