Horner amused by Hamilton racing Verstappen during FP2 – “It’s like playground activity”

Christian Horner was left amused by Lewis Hamilton racing Max Verstappen during FP2, saying he is not bothered by it.

Verstappen passed Hamilton early on in that lap, before Hamilton decided to return the favour. He got alongside the Dutchman into the final turn at COTA.

The action forced the Red Bull driver wide, and then the two drivers intensely raced wheel-to-wheel on the straight. Hamilton eventually got past Verstappen, but not before he was called a “stupid idiot” by the latter.

Horner was left amused by Hamilton racing Verstappen during FP2, and said that it was an incident that does not concern him.

“I think there’s not too much to read into it,” Horner told RacingNews365.com.

“It’s like playground activity really. So, obviously, Max had passed Lewis earlier in the lap, Lewis then obviously felt that he wanted to pass Max at the end of that lap, and then they drove around, drove down to the first corner.

Verstappen (pictured) ran into a defiant Hamilton during FP2. Source: Getty Images

“Then it all got a bit messy. I think Max indicated that he would have been first on the road! So I wouldn’t read too much into it.”

Frustrating day out

Verstappen was not impressed with Hamilton’s actions, and revealed after the session that he couldn’t understand the motive of the idea.

His practice session did not go well even after excluding the Hamilton incident. He finished the session in eighth position after running into traffic.

Horner wasn’t too bothered by that either, saying that he is okay with Verstappen’s average result because of circumstances.

“He didn’t get to put a lap in, in its entirety,” he continued.

“I think we had enough information that he’d be comparable, in Sector 1. He aborted at Turn 12. So we had enough info with what we’d seen so far.”

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