The Red Bull boss Christian Horner, described a statement issued by Mercedes on Thursday night as a “little antagonistic” – but said his team’s remarks about Hamilton over the incident were “nothing personal” against the seven-time world champion.
With the ongoing fallout from the collision between Hamilton and Max Verstappen at Silverstone continuing into the Hungarian GP weekend, stewards on Thursday rejected Red Bull’s attempt to hold a review into the incident and the Mercedes driver’s penalty.
Although In response to the stewards’ judgement, Mercedes had issued a strongly-worded statement in which they accused Red Bull’s “senior management” of a “concerted attempt…to tarnish the good name and sporting integrity of Lewis Hamilton”.
Speaking to Sky Sports F1 after opening practice at the Hungarian GP, Wolff said: “I think the comments that were made, surely out of emotion, were going directly against a seven-time world champion.
“Words like ‘amateurish’ should have no place and what it triggered was an avalanche of comments in the social media, a lot of controversy and added to further polarization. I think we, as a sport, should do the contrary – we should de-escalate.”
Meanwhile, Mercedes’ statement referenced the documents Red Bull submitted to the stewards in their right of review. “The remarks that were made during and after the Silverstone grand prix were just elaborated further in the document,” added Wolff in the later team boss’ press conference. Not looking at the incident only but giving it a wider paste that was beyond other things. Just a step too far.”