Susie Wolff delivers verdict on Christian Horner’s dispute with Mercedes and Toto – EXCLUSIVE | F1 | sport
ROKiT Venturi Racing Formula E team manager Susie Wolff says she thinks Christian Horner let his emotions run wild at the British Grand Prix and watching Lewis Hamilton win the race must have been “hard to believe. watch “for the boss of Red Bull after his the driver crashed early.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who was 33 points clear at the start of the weekend, collided with Hamilton on the first lap of the race, hitting the barriers hard.
Hamilton was fined 10 places for the incident, but then won in front of home fans, reducing the deficit to just eight points ahead of Hungary.
Verstappen was then caught in another tangle in the first round, this time Valtteri Bottas deformed in the first corner in Budapest, knocking out Lando Norris, Sergio Perez, Verstappen suffering heavy damage to the right side of his barge.
Horner called Hamilton a “desperate” and “dirty driver” with Red Bull chief adviser Helmut Marko calling on the seven-time world champion to serve a racing ban for his role in the crash.
Wolff, however, dismissed any suggestion his driver did not deserve his British Grand Prix victory, adding “a win is a win” and that they “will put him on the scoreboard and move on. “.
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Speaking at the Formula E London E-Prix ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, in which his team clinched 9th and 11th places with Edoardo Mortara, Wolff admitted that as team manager , you have to keep your emotions in check.
“It’s always hard to put yourself in other people’s shoes,” Wolff began, speaking exclusively to Express Sport.
“Obviously he [Horner] was very upset at the time, but of course as a team leader sometimes you have to take the emotion out of it and obviously put yourself on top and let your emotions be heard.
“I think you have to be very careful in these cases and not let your emotions get the best of you.
“I think at the end of the day if it came down to the point of view of a person who was very emotional at the time, and obviously it was difficult to watch Lewis win the British Grand Prix and have, which made me so proud to see the whole place burst.
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“And I think that played a lot of his energy and his willingness to want to try to win the race, but in the end it’s great for the sport, everyone is talking about it, I think it’s going to continue a great rivalry between the two pilots. “
Despite Hamilton’s penalty, many believed the crash was a racing incident, including former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer and Sky Sports F1 expert Karun Chandhok, and Wolff was inclined to agree.
“Everyone is going to have their own opinion on this,” added Wolff, who has been married to the Mercedes boss since 2011.
“My opinion is that it was a racing incident, 100% a racing incident. But at the end of the day, I can also understand that two people have different opinions on this, and everyone you ask has a opinion on that, which I think is polarizing, but it’s great for the sport. It was a great drama, a team. And the most important fact was that Max was fine.
“I think it’s always important to know that everyone has their own perspective.
“And obviously the Red Bulls that day they lost the huge lead of the manufacturers and the drivers in the championship.
“So of course the emotions were running high and the pilots had their take on who was right [and who] was wrong.
“And in the end you have to take it for what it was and move on. We all have our own perceptions and we all try to be successful.
“There is a lot of pressure on the sport to be successful, but I think it’s about understanding that there is a great rivalry out there.
“But keeping him respectful and respectful is the main word because I think when the emotions are high it’s okay, because it’s in the heat of the moment, it’s competition, but just stay respectful. “
Hamilton leads Verstappen by eight points before the summer break, with races resuming in Belgium at the end of August.
ROKiT Venturi Racing Formula E Team Director was speaking at the Formula E London E-Prix, which saw two Britons, Jake Dennis and Alex Lynn, crowned the winners.
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