Andrew Shovlin has slammed Red Bull for their statements on the Italian GP crash.
Hamilton and Verstappen crashed on Lap 26 of the Italian GP, taking each other out in the process. The stewards looked at the incident, and determined that Verstappen was “predominantly to blame” for the collision. As a result, they handed him a three-place grid penalty for the Russian GP.
Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner said that it was a racing incident “when you look at it objectively”. He thought that Verstappen “deserved a bit more space from Hamilton”. This did not go down well with Shovlin, who slammed Red Bull for their statements.
“I think if you look at the fact even Helmut and Christian weren’t trying to blame Lewis, it sort of feels like they know Max was in the wrong, because they will try and blame Lewis at any opportunity.”
Would have won
Shovlin justifies his anger with what happened by stating that were it not for the crash, Hamilton’s pace would have seen him challenge for the win.
“If you take the incident with Max, put it to one side, for Lewis it would’ve been a race against only Daniel (Ricciardo),” he said.
“And the issue in the sprint race was Lando had some tow from the car ahead. So really it would’ve been a question of whether Lewis could’ve got by Daniel.
“You know that kind of zone that Lewis goes into when there’s a win on the table and he can see it, but it would’ve been a good little battle in the end – but it would’ve needed that pass on track to turn it into a win.”
“So you’ll always feel that three places (grid penalty) is relatively easy to overcome if you’ve got a competitive car. But that’s all in the past now. We need to make sure we put a good weekend together in Russia,” he concluded.