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Horner slams Ferrari after first lap collision

  • Published on 17 Sep 2017 16:46
  • comments 16
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has slammed Ferrari following the first lap of the Singapore Grand Prix. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen had his race ended prematurely after he was sandwiched between both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen on the run into Turn 1.

Verstappen and Raikkonen were eliminated immediately before Vettel spun around, hitting the wall a couple of corners later (reportedly on the fluid being laid down from his car). The retirement for Verstappen is his seventh of the season, while Ferrari takes a major blow in both championships.

"How on earth you can work that out [Verstappen to blame] from watching that, I have no idea," Horner stated. "You can see that Sebastian comes quite aggressively left, Kimi goes to the right and Max can't disappear. He held a straight line and it's just desperately unlucky for him to be eliminated like that.

"Seb moved over to the left, squeezing, squeezing," he continued. "It's racing it's one of those things when you've got three cars going into the corner like that but Max couldn't just disappear. What Seb probably couldn't see was Kimi on the other side of Max. He's been aggressive with Max and Kimi's done the same thing from the other side and the end result is what you see there. Anyone who can blame Verstappen out of that needs their eyes tested."

 

Fergal Walsh

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  • mbmwe36

    Posts: 533

    B*tch please...

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    • Sep 17 2017 - 16:58
  • Moron kid strikes again, he clearly squeezed Kimi that resulted in all 3 going out crashing. Vettel was nowhere near hype boy, infact hype boy first jinked right to block Vettel (who is entitled to make one move) but then hype boy goes into really squeeze out Kimi but by then it was too late. That was a move he cannot win out against Kimi. Alas brain cells are not hype boy's repertoire.

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    • Sep 17 2017 - 17:13
    • mbmwe36

      Posts: 533

      I agree, and he gets a pass almost every time because he's bringing in younger viewers. His style is ridiculous and in many cases reckless. I think he's a huge talent, but in many ways he's his own worst enemy.

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      • Sep 17 2017 - 17:24
    • How lovely your well viewed and objective opinions are. Where the hell should Max into disappear? Kimi came to the right, Vettel from the left. off course Max is fault then. He just should not be there. Get serious guys.

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      • Sep 17 2017 - 20:07
    • mbmwe36

      Posts: 533

      No, he turned into Kimi, which started the chain reaction. The fact is, he was so focused on getting past Vettel, which wasn't happening, that he completely forgot about the possibility of anyone overtaking him on the inside. I don't know if he was startled and that's why he turned into him. But he did, that can't be disputed. If he felt like he was boxed in, then he should've let off the gas a little bit.

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      • Sep 17 2017 - 22:24
    • @PATENTPRUTSER, It's simple, lift off the gas. There is no gap for him to take he lost it out of the start, his start was just poor, you need glasses if you think his start was good. Kimi got along side him like a rocket because not only was Kimi's start a bit better Max had a poor start. Of course am expecting too much here in terms of common sense out of you moron fanboys of the hype kid.

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      • Sep 18 2017 - 02:56
    • IMO, both Kimi and Vers should've lifted off. Honestly, how could Vettel have avoided this indicent? Both Kimi and Vers were in his blind spot, and he were in front of them.

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      • Sep 18 2017 - 05:06
  • Kevin

    Posts: 4,614

    Max had nowhere to go. He got squeezed from the left, and squeezed from the right. I understand Vettel doing this, as pole sitter always does this when noticing the guy on P2 has a better start.. he just didn't think of Raikkonen being there too. It's a racing incident, but Vettel took to much risk.

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    • Sep 17 2017 - 17:48
  • HEINZ

    Posts: 61

    Vettel f**ked up! U can't close the door and take the other car out... Both Kimi and Max were on a straight line trajectory and the corner was still far ahead, so Vettel had no other option then accept his bad start and maximize the result for the team. At least he now knows that he will loose the championship because of his bad judgement (hey everyone makes mistakes) and not the car.

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    • Sep 17 2017 - 18:14
  • Or he could Max where the brakes are and let him know that when the door is being shut its better to get out of the way.

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    • Sep 17 2017 - 23:26
  • Redbull seems to give whines.

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    • Sep 17 2017 - 23:35
  • Bhurt

    Posts: 320

    People blaming Vettel is mindboggling. He's well clear of Verstappen and has every right to move in front of him. Verstappen and Kimi collide which spins Kimi's car into Vettel's. Had Kimi's car not jumped so violently to the right, Vettel would have never been involved in the accident.

    So that leaves either Kimi or Verstappen. When they collide, Verstappen's front wheel makes contact with Kimi's rear wheel. That has to mean Kimi is ahead of him, and since he has the inside lane, which one of them should be considered first heading into the corner?

    That only leaves Verstappen. He should have made room for Kimi, and since he couldn't move right to give that room, he was left with two choices: a collision, or backing off. He didn't back off..

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    • Sep 18 2017 - 11:05
  • Barron

    Posts: 625

    He's definitely got this "move-out-of-the-way-or-else-I'll-crash-into-you" vibe going on. Whether it be his fault or not in Singapore, he seems to get involved in these situations every other race. What's happened is that we, the viewers, have been cheated out of an exciting finish to the 2017 season. I doubt whether Ferrari can come back from this..

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    • Sep 18 2017 - 11:18
    • mbmwe36

      Posts: 533

      Yes, he does have that vibe. And it will probably end up benefiting him at some point, because a lot of drivers will probably back off because it isn't worth crashing.
      The truly mind boggling thing is the complete lack of repercussions for his actions from the stewards.

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      • Sep 18 2017 - 12:51

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