Red Bull’s Christian Horner issues blunt response to Toto Wolff’s Valtteri Bottas apology

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Christian Horner has been left “hugely frustrated” for the second race in a row, after a Mercedes hampered Red Bull’s chances on the opening lap of a Grand Prix, with Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen both involved in a collision during the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas, who started second alongside his team-mate Lewis Hamilton, had a sluggish start off the line and locked up under braking in wet conditions on the run down to Turn one, slamming into the back of McLaren’s Lando Norris.

Norris then hit Verstappen, who picked up major damage to his barge board – with Bottas then sliding into Perez, causing his retirement.

To add insult to injury, Red Bull are now concerned the Mexican may require a new engine, along with various other worries for Verstappen’s car.

Speaking after the race to Sky Sports F1, in which Bottas retired and Hamilton finished third on the road, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was apologetic of what happened.

“All I can do is to take it on us. It was a small mistake being too on the brakes and took out Lando and the two Red Bulls. It’s not how things should go but in the rain, it can be quite tricky.

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Wolff added: “It’s a small mistake that caused such a big accident costing them a lot of points and possibly two cars on the podium. So sorry for that.”

Asked after by the media whether he would seek out Horner to apologise directly, Wolff replied: “No, I will do it in public like I’m doing it here with you, that I’m sorry for that.”

Red Bull have now scored just two points in the last two races, with Hamilton now taking control of the championship lead by eight points.

Speaking directly after Wolff on the Sky Sports stage in Hungary, Horner responded to the apology by stating, “Is he going to pay the bill?”

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

“I’m sure he didn’t tell them ‘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.

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“But the consequence for us is brutal and in a cost-cap environment that needs looking at by the FIA.”

Despite his damage, Verstappen was able to drive to P9 to claim two points, but it’s the second first lap incident for the Dutchman in the past few weeks, with Hamilton deemed at fault for a huge crash at the start of the Silverstone Grand Prix.

The two collided heading into Copse Corner, with Verstappen spearing off into the tyre wall at 180mph, ending his race.

“Again taken out by a Mercedes, so that’s not what you want,” said Verstappen to Sky Sports F1. “From then onwards I was missing the whole side of my car, the whole bargeboard area. The floor was damaged as well. It was almost impossible to drive, to be honest.

“I still tried my very best and I scored one point. So it’s at least something but of course not what you want.”

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