Toto Wolff says Red Bull went ‘below the belt’ with attack on Lewis Hamilton

After the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers clashed at the British Grand Prix, the tension of an already fiercely fought championship ratcheted up a level and neither teams nor drivers are clearly ready yet for a rapprochement. The incident in which Verstappen was knocked out of the race in an 180mph crash after Hamilton clipped him attempting to pass at Copse left Red Bull furious, with their team principal, Christian Horner, accusing the world champion of dirty driving. Verstappen had repeatedly accused Hamilton of being disrespectful and the Mercedes’s principal, Toto Wolff, surely chose his words carefully as he explained the rationale behind the team’s Thursday statement. Horner emphatically denied that his team’s presentation to the stewards had been a personal attack on Hamilton but would not back down from the position he had held since Silverstone, that Hamilton had been at fault. Verstappen was quickest in the morning session, six hundredths up on Valtteri Bottas’s Mercedes, with Hamilton in third just over a 10th down.

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