Red Bull chief Christian Horner takes brutal swipe at Valtteri Bottas – ‘Great job

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Valtteri Bottas was too late on the brakes at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix in slippery conditions and went straight into the back of Lando Norris who in turn collided with Max Verstappen. Bottas went on to hit Sergio Perez leaving the Red Bull driver and himself out of the race.

Verstappen suffered major damage as well and was only able to recover to ninth place with Lewis Hamilton managing second.

It means the Mercedes star leads the Drivers’ Championship by eight points after a big swing in the last two races.

Horner took a swipe at Bottas after the race saying he had done a great job in taking out both Red Bull cars.

Horner said: “That’s the brutality of racing, isn’t it? I think that, unfortunately, you saw Valtteri make a poor start, he’s misjudged his braking and he’s done a great job for Mercedes in taking out both of our cars.

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 “A significant amount of damage, it cost another engine with Sergio and obviously Max was then hugely compromised.

“I have to say the mechanics worked wonders to get their car running again, just to get some of the pipes straight on it for the fluids was an incredible response.”

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff did apologise on behalf of his driver to Red Bull but Horner wasn’t that forthcoming in accepting the comments.

He said: “Look, it’s racing, Toto wasn’t driving the car, his driver was driving the car.

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“I’m sure he didn’t tell him to crash into Red Bull.

“I’m sure he wasn’t that sorry to see the result, but I’m sure he didn’t tell Valtteri to do that.”

Horner admits he is frustrated after the last two races which have seen Red Bull overtaken by Mercedes in both championships.

“We’ve got a shed load of accident damage, and potentially two engines that we’ve lost due to the actions of other drivers,” said Horner.

“So yeah, very frustrating. But you know what, we’re within the difference of a first and second place in points differences, we go into the summer break, we’ve had some hugely bad luck the last couple of races.

“It’s been pretty brutal in damage and parts and engines but we’ll brush ourselves down and we will come out fighting for the second half of this championship.

“It’s been a tough couple of weeks. But things can turn around very quickly, as you’ve just seen, and there’s a long way to go in the championship.”

F1 is now on a summer break for almost a month and returns with the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, August 29.

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