‘The crash was the force of a small aircraft accident… it was a 51G smash, a 10G would knock a person out’: Red Bull chief Christian Horner reveals they had to challenge Lewis Hamilton because ‘he knowingly did not avoid contact with Max Verstappen’s car’

It is only when Christian Horner begins to recount the seconds immediately after the crash at Copse Corner that a little of the defiance leaves his voice. Horner admits there is a paternal relationship between Red Bull and Max Verstappen. ‘You have to be very careful with the damage you don’t see,’ Horner adds. ‘It was our duty to Max to try to demonstrate the facts,’ Horner explains. Max has got a great car, it’s the first time he’s been in this position where every race is a cup final. The telling thing was how was he going to respond,’ says Horner, ‘because some drivers with a crash like that are a bit tentative when they get back in the car. There is a sense, though, that Red Bull feel they are taking on a monolith in Mercedes. There is a genuine belief that we could win this year.’.

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