Christian Horner launched into a furious X-rated outburst immediately after Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen tangled at the British Grand Prix last season in an incident that sent the Red Bull driver skidding off the track and into the barriers at a force of 51G.
Season four of Netflix’s Drive to Survive releases today (Friday March 11) and the cameras were on hand to catch Horner’s reaction during one of the most dramatic moments of the 2021 Formula One season.
Verstappen was on pole at Silverstone as he sought to extend his championship lead in search of his maiden world title. But he found himself under pressure straight away from title rival Hamilton, eyeing his eighth win at the Grand Prix.
On the first lap, Hamilton and Verstappen were side by side going into the high-speed Copse corner and made contact which sent the latter spinning off towards the barriers at 180mph.
The winded Dutchman thankfully clambered out of his stricken Red Bull and was taken to the medical centre while the race was red-flagged to repair the damage to the circuit.
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Verstappen avoided any major injuries and watched on from hospital while Hamilton was hit with a 10-second time penalty, which did not prevent the Mercedes driver from winning the race ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
Horner would accuse Hamilton of “dirty driving” post-race, adding: “It was just a desperate move sticking a wheel up the inside which you just don’t do. Copse is one of the fastest corners in the world. You don’t stick a wheel up the inside.”
And the new series of Drive to Survive has now offered a brand-new look at the incident, with Horner’s expletive-ridden reaction on the pitwall caught on camera.
The furious Red Bull team principal said immediately after the crash: “That nearly f***ing killed our driver. I want him f***ing out of this race.”
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Horner added to Netflix after the race: “Initially it is a huge relief that he is OK. It then turns rapidly to enormous frustration. If you want something bad enough you will do whatever it takes.”
While rival team boss Toto Wolff of Mercedes told the subscription service: “There is obviously two perspectives and I will have a certain bias but Max has gotten away with lots of manoeuvres where the other one has bailed out.
“It was clear that at a certain stage enough was enough.”
Hamilton’s British Grand Prix victory cut Verstappen’s lead in the Drivers’ Championship from 33 points to eight, although the Red Bull driver would ultimately come out on top at the season finale in Abu Dhabi to claim the prize by a mere 12 points.
The pair will go head-to-head again in the 2022 season, with Hamilton seeking a record-breaking eighth title. The Bahrain Grand Prix will kick off the new season on March 18-20.