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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he’s “not worried” by any threat from Red Bull after Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided during the British Grand Prix, as Christian Horner admitted the team would evaluate their options on whether or not to take the matter further.
Horner, who was left fuming after the race, called Hamilton a “dirty driver” who looked “desperate” as he tried to find a way around the Dutchman on the opening lap of the race, cheered on by 140,000 spectators at Silverstone.
The two championship protagonists then collided, sending the Red Bull driver cascading into the tyre wall at 180pmh, causing huge damage to the car, and leaving Verstappen visibly winded as he climbed out of the cockpit.
The Dutchman was subsequently sent to hospital for further checks, before being discharged with no major injuries.
Hamilton was hit with a ten-second time penalty for causing a collision, which he overcame to take the win in front of his home crowds, however, the Red Bull camp was left furious at what had unfolded.
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Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Helmut Marko suggested that the FIA should consider a race ban for the seven-time world champion with Horner adding they are looking into taking the matter further.
“There are rights that are available to us, but I think unfortunately the result…the stewards are pretty set in their decision,” said Horner.
“I think it will be meaningless to take things further, but we’ll look at it. We’ll talk it through shortly but that would be my initial reaction.”
Yet, when asked if he had any concerns, Wolff told Autosport: “This is Formula 1. None of that worries me.”
According to the FIA, in race penalties, such as Hamilton’s, Red Bull can not be appealed.
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However, the Milton-Keynes-based team could find fresh evidence which relates to the incident and request the FIA investigates further.
Verstappen’s lead was cut to just eight points after the incident, with Mercedes clawing their way back in the team championship too, with just four points now separating them from Red Bull at the top.
And Wolff admitted talks will be had with Horner and his team, after the emotions have wound down from the weekend.
“I think once the emotions are down, we will try to restore our professional relationship for the sake of Formula 1,” Wolff continued to Autosport. “But beyond that, there were no discussions, and don’t need to be.”
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