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Horner: Why wasn't Hamilton punished for pushing Verstappen wide?

Christian Horner has questioned why the stewards elected not to investigate Lewis Hamilton for crowding Max Verstappen into the final corner.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has highlighted an incident that the stewards didn't investigate during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton appearing to crowd Max Verstappen into the final corner. Shortly after the contentious clash between the pair into Turn 27, for which Verstappen was given a time penalty , Hamilton passed his title rival into the same corner and moved over on him as they approached the braking zone. The move attracted the attention of Horner, who questioned why the stewards failed to investigate.

Horner questions Hamilton's driving

Speaking after the race, Horner told select media, including RacingNews365.com : "I would ask you to look at Lewis when he had an incident at the final corner, where he pushed Max off in the same way. "Any driver that's come through karting or raced in any category, you know that that is hard racing. "Lewis gives just [as good] as he gets, he's very, very wily with the way he does it sometimes, but look at the last corner when he ran Max out wide there. "There was another corner as well, where he's opened the steering wheel, and he was into Turn 1 too. "These guys are fighting over such fine margins, pushing right to the boundaries. If you don't want them to have the ability to run wide, then put a gravel trap there."

"We want to win the title cleanly"

With the drivers spending almost as much time in the stewards' room as they are on the race track, Horner emphasised that Red Bull want to win the title "fairly and cleanly". "Yes, of course we do," Horner replied when asked by RacingNews365.com if Red Bull care about the manner in which they potentially win the title. "We want to get it on the track, not in the stewards' room, not in the gravel trap. You want to win it. "It's been a tough fight all the way through the year. There's been some fantastic racing between these two drivers, and I hope that it's a fair and clean race in Abu Dhabi."

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