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Christian Horner

Horner makes it clear: Red Bull's reaction was nothing personal with Hamilton

The Red Bull team principal has outlined that their reaction following the controversial incident with Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at Silverstone was nothing personal.

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says his reaction would not have been any different if Lewis Hamilton was not the driver who caused Max Verstappen to crash out of the British Grand Prix.

Horner and Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko were furious after Silverstone and they were unsuccessful in their request for a review of the 10-second penalty which was given to Hamilton. Toto Wolff called some of Red Bull's comments "amateurish" in Hungary on Friday.

"Emotions run high and we are all entitled to an opinion," Horner told Sky Sports. "The primary concern was the safety of our driver, obviously we had lost the car, the penalty didn't seem severe enough at that point in time.

"But had it been any other driver our reaction would have been identical. It was nothing personal, to do with Lewis or the team. It's purely that incident on that day and if it had been with any other driver, the response would have been the same."

Hamilton managed to carry on despite the collision at Silverstone to win the race and close the gap to Verstappen to eight points in the Drivers' Championship. Horner also confirmed he does not think Hamilton had any intentions of causing a crash.

"I don't think it was premeditation, maybe a bit of red mist, but certainly not premeditation," said Horner. "Lewis is a phenomenal driver, we know that. He's a seven-time world champion for a reason and we absolutely respect that and his achievements.

"But that doesn't mean a seven-time world champion cannot make a mistake or a misjudgement. On that day we felt that he had. That is still our opinion, we're entitled to that. But in no way is that personal to him. It would have been the same had it been any other driver on the grid.

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