Red Bull team principal Christian Horner reacted with disappointment to comments made by his opposite number Toto Wolff about the potential for another collision between their title-contending drivers.Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton could tangle again in the title-deciding race between the pair. “Whoever is in front is absolutely going to try to do the same as in the Senna-Prost years,” said Wolff, who also claimed Verstappen deliberately hit Hamilton when the pair collided at Monza.
“I was disappointed to read the comments that that was being condoned,” said Horner when asked about Wolff’s remarks. “We want a really fair fight between now and the end of the championship.
Prior to their collision at Monza, Hamilton and Verstappen also tangled in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Horner said he doesn’t want any further contact between the pair.
“I think any driver would want to win the championship on-track,” he said. “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.
“What we saw in Austin was a great fight between two drivers very much at the top of their game. [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 in a gravel trap.”
Horner dismissed Wolff’s characterisation of him as a “pantomime” actor who plays up the rivalry between the pair. “As far as we’re concerned, it’s all noise,” said Horner. “It all depends on what you do on the track. And if you can do your talking on the track, then that has way more weight and value.
“Toto likes to throw in a comment here or there and that’s part of the needle, that’s part of the sport. He’s got a lot at stake, he’s going for an eighth world championship with his driver. We’re going for a first with with Max to add to the titles that we’ve already won.
“Formula 1’s a competition and as the pressure builds you see people react to pressure in different ways. We’re at the business end of the championship now so you can feel the tension and that will only grow the longer this goes on.
“So if Toto wants to make a comment or two, I’m fine with that. It’s pantomime season coming up anyway so it is what it is.”
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