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Horner - FIA could have made a ‘statement’ with Italian GP penalties

Horner - FIA could have made a ‘statement’ with Italian GP penalties

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Horner - FIA could have made a ‘statement’ with Italian GP penalties

Horner - FIA could have made a ‘statement’ with Italian GP penalties

Red Bull team principal Chrisitan Horner has suggested the FIA could have made a "statement" by handing both Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen identical penalties for their crash at the Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton emerged from the pit lane side by side with title rival Verstappen after both suffered slow pit stops at Monza, with the two coming together at the second part of the Rettifilo chicane.

The stewards viewed Verstappen to be "predominantly" at fault in the incident but although 'accepting' of the three-place grid penalty for the Russian GP, Horner suggested the FIA could have made an example of both drivers.

"Both drivers knew they needed to be ahead because of the difficulty to overtake. Max was keen to seize the momentum and Lewis was eager to retain track position," explained Horner in his Red Bull column.

"It was an awkward shunt, but both drivers were instantly able to confirm they were ok. With Lewis trying to reverse and get back in the race, even the medical car didn’t see the need to deploy.

"I’m grateful the halo did its job. I think even the most vocal of doubters have now changed their minds about it.

"I still share the same belief today - both played a part in it and it is difficult to apportion blame to one side more than the other.

"If the FIA wanted to make a statement, they could’ve imposed the same penalty on both drivers but the fault was deemed to be more on Max's side and, because he didn’t finish the race, the only option was to give him a grid penalty, which we accept."

Red Bull pit problem "a result of the new technical directive"

Red Bull holds the record for the fastest pit stop in F1 and consistently pushes the two-second barrier.

A recently introduced technical directive aimed at slowing stops in the interest of safety, however, caused Verstappen to suffer an 11-second stop at Monza.

"There was a rare human error in our pit stop, as a result of the new technical directive but nonetheless something we need to learn from," added Horner.

"That slow stop put Max out of sync from where he should’ve been on track. Mercedes compounded that situation as they faltered with their own stop on Hamilton's car, which meant both drivers were neck and neck."

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Symanski

About the only blame you can put on Hamilton is not parting ways for Verstappen, which he doesn't have to do. It was Hamilton's corner, end of.

What Verstappen did was to deliberately ram in to the side of Lewis. That should have brought about a race ban. Too many times Verstappen is the centre of an incident, more than coincidence. Max needs a multi-race ban.

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About the only blame you can put on Hamilton is not parting ways for Verstappen, which he doesn't have to do. It was Hamilton's corner, end of.

What Verstappen did was to deliberately ram in to the side of Lewis. That should have brought about a race ban. Too many times Verstappen is the centre of an incident, more than coincidence. Max needs a multi-race ban.

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Multi race ban is nonsense, pure nonsense. unless you want to give lewis an easy 8th title again

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3 place grid penalty when he'd already be starting from the back with an engine change makes a mockery of the penalty.

Grosjean got a race ban for an accident. Max did this deliberately. That's why it needs to be a multi-race ban. Either the FIA starts to deal with Max's dangerous driving to accepts complicity in another death in F1. And that nearly was at the weekend if it weren't for the Halo.

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FIA don't take in account the outcome of an accident, only the action, not the result. In that chicane they go at 40km/h (not 300 like the Silverstone accident which 15 years ago would be lethal as well). Max's car on top of Ham was a result of unfortunate circumstances like the sausages which made his car lift in combination with the wheels banging

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Let’s ban Lewis too then, it goes both ways, quit talking out the wrong end on every article posted here

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If Max was a great driver like Lewis he would have avoided contact like Lewis did on the first lap. Let's move on.

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I never understand Horner's attitude. When the inevitable does happen and Max injures someone, Horner and Marko will also share the blame. Likewise FIA if they don't get a grip.

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Wow what a delusional statement, mas was nowhere near an overtake before the corner

I hope Max tries the same next weekend Vs Alonso or someone else

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They did make a statement.

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Whiny Spice is back handed admitting Max deserved a penalty. Other than that there's nothing to see here.

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It’s never lulu’s fault is it?Acting the innocent party all the time. He was just as much to blame as Max he should’ve give him more space.

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Does Maxident have to maim or kill another driver before he is punished ?

Every race the guy does something stupid, or over aggressive....

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