Horner: Verstappen was ‘on the edge’

By on Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Christian Horner (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Christian Horner (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner admits that Max Verstappen’s move at turn five was "on the edge" but insists that the stewards would have take action against him if it was not according to the rules.

The Dutchman was involved in two incidents with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen during the Belgian Grand Prix, with one being considered controversial and dangerous.

"I think it was firm, it was on the edge and he got away with it today. The stewards were happy with it, so if there had been an issue, or it contravened any rules, Danny Sullivan is a pretty experienced guy and he would have called them up, or Charlie Whiting would have reported it to the stewards. There was no action from the stewards. I think when he looks back, it was on the edge and obviously he got away with it today. I am sure he will have a look at it for future races.

“With all these things, what goes around comes around. So the drivers tend to sort these things on the circuit. Max has pushed the limit today. He has been right on the limit. The referee is happy with it so no further comments from our side."

"He will learn from it. He is young, he is quick - all the seriously ambitious and gifted drivers have that streak with them. I remember Sebastian getting criticized a few years ago and there have been a few other drivers as history has demonstrated have shown that fighting spirit and I think that is why, part of that fighting spirit, is why there has been such a big crowd here this weekend."

Max Verstappen (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Max Verstappen (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Regarding the first corner incident Horner said that was on Vettel, who probably didn't realize Verstappen was up the inside and gave Kimi nowhere to go.

“I think that one was a racing incident but probably triggered by the fact that Sebastian came across perhaps too aggressively.

“Max had everything under control, he wasn't going to undershoot. You could see that Kimi was aware that he was up the inside into the corner. For Kimi there was nothing he could do. It was I think a racing incident triggered mainly by the outside car taking quite an aggressive cut down into the corner.”

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