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Red Bull 'frustrated' by Max Verstappen penalty but opt not to criticise Lewis Hamilton

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner says they are “disappointed” with the stewards’ decision to penalise Max Verstappen after he was deemed to have caused a collision with Lewis Hamilton at the Italian Grand Prix.

The two tangled as Hamilton was exiting the pits on lap 26 of the race, with the seven-time world champion taking the inside line into Turn 1 to defend against Verstappen, who bumped along kerbs and collided with the Briton.

The main title protagonists were both left stricken in the gravel, with the Red Bull planted on top of Hamilton’s Mercedes.

Verstappen was subsequently handed a three-place grid drop for the Russian Grand Prix, picking up his first penalty points of the season.

“We are disappointed with the three-place grid penalty, but accept the stewards’ decision,” said team boss Horner.

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Reacting to the decision, the news of which came as Hamilton was speaking to media, the Brit responded: “If that is the result then I think I am ultimately proud of the stewards.

“It definitely sets a precedent and I think it is important for us moving forwards for the safety of the drivers that there are strict rules set in place.”

However, the Dutchman was left questioning the stewards’ decision.

“I don’t fully agree with the penalty as I believe it was a racing incident,” said Verstappen. “It’s very unfortunate what happened today but we are both professionals and so we will move on.”



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