August 13, 2022

Christian Horner speaks to Sky Sports F1 about Max Verstappen’s chilling reaction to the British GP crowd on Thursday and Red Bull’s failure to make a statement in favor of Lewis Hamilton after Nelson Piquet comments

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner has condemned Nelson Piquet’s racist comments about Lewis Hamilton.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has condemned Nelson Piquet’s racist comments about Lewis Hamilton.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says it’s “never nice” to hear boos, but insists Max Verstappen “accepts” the reaction of the British GP crowd.

Horner, speaking exclusively to Sky Sports F1 at a sold-out Silverstone, also explained and defended his team’s lack of a statement in favor of Lewis Hamilton following the emergence of Nelson Piquet’s racial slurs.

Verstappen, the defending champion and current title leader, faced a mixed reception when he appeared on Sky’s live F1 show on Thursday night, with many fans booed from the stands. While some applauded the Dutchman, he was the only driver to encounter any kind of negativity.

Although Verstappen usually enjoys huge support from a sea of ​​orange at the races, it seems many British fans haven’t forgotten his fierce title rivalry with local favorite Hamilton and the controversial London final. Abu Dhabi.

Watch Max Verstappen receive a chilling welcome from the Silverstone crowd during the Red Bull driver presentation yesterday.

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Watch Max Verstappen receive a chilling welcome from the Silverstone crowd during the Red Bull driver presentation yesterday.

Watch Max Verstappen receive a chilling welcome from the Silverstone crowd during the Red Bull driver presentation yesterday.

“Of course Lewis is going to have huge support here,” Horner admitted on Friday, a year after Hamilton and Verstappen’s big crash at Silverstone.

“Next weekend is another home race for us in Austria and I’m sure we’ll have huge support with 30,000 Dutch fans there, so it’s sport. It’s competition.

“It’s never nice to hear boos for a driver and it’s unusual for a British GP crowd to do that because they generally like all the drivers but, you know what, it’s something that he accepts.

“Lewis is their favorite driver here, I have no problem with that.”

Sky F1's Jenson Button, Martin Brundle and Karun Chandhok have condemned the racist language used by Nelson Piquet towards Lewis Hamilton.

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Sky F1’s Jenson Button, Martin Brundle and Karun Chandhok have condemned the racist language used by Nelson Piquet towards Lewis Hamilton.

Sky F1’s Jenson Button, Martin Brundle and Karun Chandhok have condemned the racist language used by Nelson Piquet towards Lewis Hamilton.

Horner explains Red Bull silence after Piquet comments

Verstappen’s boos also followed his comments to the media on Thursday where he condemned Piquet’s racist comments in reference to Hamilton, but also insisted that Piquet – who is the father of his partner Kelly – was “not definitely not a racist” and suggested the scandal had been “out of proportion”.

“Max is absolutely clear that he fully supports Lewis and not just Lewis but any form of racism or discrimination,” Horner told Sky Sports F1.

Horner also defended his Red Bull team’s response to Piquet’s comments.

Red Bull were one of the few teams not to issue a statement or message of support for Hamilton when the news broke earlier this week.

Lewis Hamilton responds to Nelson Piquet's comments and thinks the

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Lewis Hamilton responds to Nelson Piquet’s comments and believes the “older voices” of motorsport should not be given a platform as they do not represent the majority.

Lewis Hamilton responds to Nelson Piquet’s comments and believes the “older voices” of motorsport should not be given a platform as they do not represent the majority.

But Horner believes the team has made its anti-racism stance clear with its action against reserve driver Juri Vips, who was dropped by Red Bull following his own racist comments during a game stream.

“First, of course, we were appalled by Nelson’s comments,” Horner said.

“It’s from an interview some time ago and obviously we had an incident with one of our young drivers at the end of last week.

“We took very final action when he made a racist comment and immediately removed him from the team.

“Then it came out and we felt we made a very strong statement by excluding Juri from the team and in no way tolerating any form of racism and discrimination.

“We had released a statement earlier today about Juri on zero tolerance for racism, so to then release another statement about Nelson Piquet…

“Of course we are fully behind Lewis, fully on the Hamilton Commission and sometimes actions speak louder than words.

“The action we took with Juri was draconian but in line with the policy we have.”

F1 2022 heads to Silverstone this weekend for motorsport’s big event of the summer. Join Sky Sports F1 for extensive coverage throughout the British GP weekend – racing starts at 3pm on Sunday July 3.