Red Bull chief Christian Horner has played down the incident that saw Max Verstappen forced to do two days of public service. Verstappen was given the sanction by FIA chiefs for pushing Esteban Ocon following the Brazilian Grand Prix after the pair’s collision ended the Dutchman’s hopes of winning the race.
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The Red Bull ace was in line to take the chequered flag when backmarker Ocon left his Force India on the inside of Verstappen’s car at the Senna S and forced it into a spin.
Clearly unhappy that Lewis Hamilton was allowed to win the race, the 21-year-old pushed Ocon at the conclusion of the grand prix and was subsequently handed the punishment.
Horner has backed his driver and feels Ocon was completely at fault. “Through the irresponsible actions of a backmarker we’ve lost a grand prix, and it just wasn’t handled at all well by Ocon. It was totally irresponsible to be racing Max,” he said.
“Of course we don’t condone violence in any way but you have to understand that emotions are running very high.”