Jul.31 - Red Bull is ready to move on from the saga surrounding Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton's highly contentious clash at Silverstone.

"As far as we are concerned, the chapter is closed now," said team boss Christian Horner, after Red Bull lost an appeal against the leniency of British GP winner Hamilton's subsequent penalty.

Also speaking in Hungary, Dr Helmut Marko agrees: "The reasoning (of the stewards) was different from ours and we accept that."

However, Red Bull wanted to close the controversy with a reply to Mercedes' official statement accusing the Austrian team of questioning Hamilton's "good name and sporting integrity".

Horner said he was "a bit surprised" when that statement dropped.

"That was a bit hostile," he quipped.

Marko, who is Red Bull's top Austrian F1 official, also hit back at the FIA's admitted concern about "certain allegations" made in Thursday's stewards appeal.

"That's a bit mysterious," he said.

"I can only imagine that is relates to our complaint about Toto Wolff going to the stewards with questionable documents. Maybe that's what they meant by that.

"We understood that as a kind of attempted influence."

Marko also says a lot is being made of the controversy from a "political" point of view - namely, the criticism aimed at Hamilton.

For instance, although it is true Red Bull has fired an employee for alleged racism, sources say it had nothing to do with any abuse aimed at Hamilton following the Silverstone crash.

Marko says: "We would have commented on any other driver the same way as we did with Hamilton. It has nothing to do with Hamilton. No matter which driver, we would have acted the same way."

As for whether Red Bull will now continue to perpetuate the crash saga, he insisted: "No, there is no aftermath now. You have to let it go."

Wolff, though, makes clear that he rejects the way Red Bull handled the criticism of Hamilton, telling Sky Deutschland: "That is not how you talk about a seven time world champion who goes all out for a good cause.

"Sometimes you have to put yourself in someone else's shoes and ask yourself how it would feel. Some people are intellectually and emotionally not always capable of doing this."

Ralf Schumacher, though, rejects that statement.

"I don't think it's good for Mercedes to treat criticism of Hamilton as though it's blasphemy against a royal or something. At the end of the day, Lewis goes to the same bathroom as all of us."


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15 F1 Fan comments on “Red Bull Racing says Verstappen crash saga now 'closed'

    • madra mor

      crash saga opened up again.mb are getting the hang of it this time two red bulls hit in the one incident.well done botty boy well done mb.hamas was innocent this time.mb are determined to win by fair or fowl means

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    • madra mor

      crash saga opened up again.mb are getting the hang of it this time two red bulls hit in the one incident.well done botty boy well done mb.hamas was innocent this time.mb are determined to win by fair or fowl means

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  1. ReallyOldRacer

    "I don't think it's good for Mercedes to treat criticism of Hamilton as though it's blasphemy against a royal or something. At the end of the day, Lewis goes to the same bathroom as all of us."

    Well said by Ralf, but let's remember it is SIR Lewis. Doesn't he get a separate loo? BTW, it seems that Ralf has elevated HAM from knighthood to some sort of god. Blasphemy, indeed.

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    • shroppyfly

      Apparently he does i remember reading an article about an ex gf of him who hed criticised for using " his toilet" and no im not joking ..., the guy must gave a thing about bottams/bottases or something, i hear the dutch fans were a bit booey during hams interview, and JH saying no, no thats enough of that , the guys obviously never been to a football match then......, seems reasonable enough , if you can cheer , you can boo

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  2. Carol Birkbeck

    Sorry but booing is not reasonable under any circumstances & yes, I have been to many f1 races & football matches & I dont boo there either. It's downright rude no matter who you support! Those fans at the race today should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. In my eyes they aren't fans at all. If you can't shout anything nice then don't shout at all.

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    • shroppyfly

      No you may not boo, but others boo,whistle shout things, so whose right ? well in your opinion you are and that's fine , but unfortunately not everyone would agree, my opinion remains if you can cheer , you can boo ...

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    • shroppyfly

      Ah Sue, how right you are , but reading into it , he said he THINKS hes suffering long covid, not diagnosed as having long covid, Hamsters play on words, gotta give it to him hes good ..

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  3. shroppyfly

    Mr Hamilton do come in , Ill be your Doctor today , my names Marko, Dr Marko, now relax , I know you've been bullshitting a lot recently and that can take its toll on your mental health but here , everything's allowed, now what seems to be bothering you ?

    Seems as if, the easiest thing to say , if your struggling, panicking as a sportsman , is jump on , gotta look after my mental health, tennis/gymnastics, what next fishing blah blah , im not denying mental health issues aren't real because they are , in life we all doubt ourselves.our abilities, our talents but not all of us come out and say , its my mental health, boss thats why im crashing or not hitting target, or JUST BASICALLY UNDER PERFORMING......hamiltons hard as nails , or so he keeps reminding us, but just to keep you all off my back ill say that to the dumb Jaxsters of this world

    Serious issue mental health are a serious thing but with Hamilton hes taking us for fools on this, the guys paid 50m a year , im pretty sure hell be checked over several times a week for any covid lingering symptoms , and yet here we are talking about his bullshit AGAIN

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