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Christian Horner

Horner hits back at Wolff for suggestion of title-deciding collision

Christian Horner hopes that the title battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton will be decided on the track, rather than in the gravel trap.

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Christian Horner says he was "disappointed" by recent comments from Toto Wolff suggesting that the 2021 World Championship might potentially be decided by a collision.

Mercedes team boss Wolff stated that he could see Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton crashing should the title fight go down to the wire at the season-closing race in Abu Dhabi, much like the scenario that unfolded between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in the past.

Hamilton and Verstappen have already been involved in two clashes together during the season, but Red Bull Team Principal Horner strongly hopes that the outcome of the championship will be decided on the circuit rather than in the gravel trap.

"I was disappointed to read the comments that that was being condoned," Horner told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"We want a really fair fight between now and the end of the championship. I think any driver would want to win the championship on-track.

"We're a team of racers and if we can pull off this feat, and it's a massive, massive task, then we wouldn't want to win a championship through a collision between the drivers. There's been enough of those this year already."

F1 will be the winner

Horner would like to see the form displayed by the title contenders at the United States Grand Prix – where they battled but stayed on the track – continue for the rest of the season.

"What we saw in Austin was a great fight between two drivers very much at the top of their game," he explained.

"[With] a few more races like Austin between now and the end of the year, I think the biggest winner will be Formula 1.

"Nobody wants to see a championship decided in a gravel trap."

Ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix, Verstappen leads the Drivers' standings from Hamilton by 12 points, whilst Red Bull have a 23-point deficit to Mercedes in the Constructors' Championship.

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