Crimson Bull have branded the controversial incident which noticed Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton conflict as ‘playground exercise’. Verstappen labelled his title rival a ‘silly fool’ after Hamilton overtook the Dutchman in observe for the US Grand Prix in Austin.
Mercedes’ Hamilton, who’s six factors behind Verstappen within the leaderboard, overtook the Crimson Bull driver on the concluding left-hand flip in Friday’s second session.
Verstappen briefly ran off the observe earlier than racing wheel-to-wheel with Hamilton on the start-finish straight at 180mph.
Hamilton held the within line heading into the opening bend, with Verstappen ultimately conceding the place.
The Briton raced off into the gap, with Verstappen – who within the build-up to the race spoke of the necessity to “transfer on and forgive” after the pair’s latest run-ins – shouting “silly fool” over the radio and showing to indicate his rival the center finger in his cockpit.
However Crimson Bull group principal Horner has mentioned that there’s not a lot to learn into over the incident, though the pair have constantly clashed during the last six months.
“I believe there’s not an excessive amount of to learn into it,” Horner instructed journalists.
“It is like playground exercise actually. So, clearly, Max had handed Lewis earlier within the lap, Lewis then clearly felt that he wished to go Max on the finish of that lap, after which they drove round, drove right down to the primary nook.
“Then all of it received a bit messy. I believe Max indicated that he would have been first on the street. So I would not learn an excessive amount of into it.”
Verstappen then raised his center finger within the route of the Brit.
He was pressured to desert an additional two laps as a consequence of site visitors, upsetting but additional anger from contained in the Dutchman’s helmet.
“I’m boxing – f*** this,” he yelled. However Verstappen was barely coyer when talking concerning the incident afterward.
He instructed journalists: “We had been all lining as much as go for a lap, so I don’t actually perceive what occurred there.”