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Christian Horner

Video: Horner blocks Wolff's apology after Bottas ruins Red Bull's race

Christian Horner appeared unwilling to hear Toto Wolff's apology on behalf of Mercedes after a first-corner incident caused by Valtteri Bottas proved disastrous for the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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Christian Horner did not seem keen to accept an apology from Toto Wolff following a disastrous Hungarian Grand Prix for Red Bull.

Both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez were caught up in the chaos at Turn 1 on the opening lap of the race when the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas drove into the back of Lando Norris after the Finn misjudged his braking point. This then caused the McLaren to knock Verstappen and Perez. Norris and Perez were forced to retire as a result, whilst Verstappen continued but struggled due to the significant damage to his car.

In a clip from Sky Sports, Mercedes team principal Wolff was seen trying to say sorry to Horner after the race. However, the Red Bull boss appeared to block the apology.

Wolff appreciates that Red Bull will be feeling angry after what happened.

"At the end of the day, you have to understand that it causes frustration [for Red Bull]," Wolff told Sky Sports. "They lost two cars because of a crash.

"For three cars to then break down there, two of them Red Bulls, is completely unpleasant for the team, and that's why you have to understand any emotional reaction."

However, Wolff isn't too worried about whether Horner will accept his apology or not.

"I don't really care. I said what I believed was right," the Silver Arrows boss said.

The end result of the Hungarian Grand Prix means that Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes now have a lead over Verstappen and Red Bull in the title battle, with Hamilton finishing third - though he will be promoted to second if the appeal against second-placed Sebastian Vettel's disqualification fails - whilst Verstappen scored Red Bull's only point in 10th.

Horner has spoken about the cost of the damage to their cars and joked about Wolff: "Is he going to pay the bill?"

However, the Red Bull team principal also added: "Look, it's racing. Toto wasn't driving the car, his driver was driving the car."

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