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Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Max Verstappen ‘accepts’ British GP boos and explains silence after Nelson Piquet’s comments

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Christian Horner speaks to Sky Sports F1 about Max Verstappen’s icy reaction from the British GP crowd on Thursday and Red Bull’s lack of statements in support of Lewis Hamilton after Nelson Piquet’s comments

Last update: 07/01/22 4:32 pm

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner has condemned racially offensive comments made by Nelson Piquet about Lewis Hamilton.

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner has condemned racially offensive comments made by Nelson Piquet about Lewis Hamilton.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has condemned racially offensive comments made by Nelson Piquet 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 statements in support of Lewis Hamilton following Nelson Piquet’s racist 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 booing from the stands. While some cheered the Dutchman, he was the only driver to be met with any kind of negativity.

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

Watch Max Verstappen receive a chilly reception from the Silverstone crowd when the Red Bull driver was introduced yesterday.

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Watch Max Verstappen receive a chilly reception from the Silverstone crowd when the Red Bull driver was introduced yesterday.

Watch Max Verstappen receive a chilly reception from the Silverstone crowd when the Red Bull driver was introduced yesterday.

“Of course Lewis is going to have great support here,” Horner agreed 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’re going to have great support with 30,000 Dutch fans there, so that’s sport. That’s competition.”

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

“Lewis is his 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’s silence after Piquet’s comments

The boos for Verstappen also followed his comments in the media on Thursday, where he condemned Piquet’s racially offensive comments in reference to Hamilton, but also insisted that Piquet, who is his partner Kelly’s father, “was definitely not a racist.” and suggested that the scandal had been “blown 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 was 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 comments made by Nelson Piquet and believes that a platform should not be given to

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Lewis Hamilton responds to comments made by Nelson Piquet and believes that the “older voices” in motorsport should not be given a platform as they do not represent the majority.

Lewis Hamilton responds to comments made by Nelson Piquet and believes that the “older voices” in motorsport should not be given a platform as they do not represent the majority.

But Horner believes the team 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 broadcast.

“First of all, of course, we were horrified 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 definitive action when he made a racist comment and immediately removed him from the team.

“So this came out and we felt we had made a very strong statement through the action of removing Juri from the team and in no way condoning any form of racism and discrimination.

“We had put out a statement earlier in the day about Juri having zero tolerance for racism, so then we put out another statement about Nelson Piquet…

“Of course we fully support Lewis, we are fully signed up to the Hamilton Commission and sometimes actions speak louder than words.”

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

F1 2022 heads to Silverstone this weekend for motorsport’s biggest event of the summer. Join Sky Sports F1 for extensive coverage throughout the British GP weekend – the race starts at 3:00pm on Sunday 3rd July.

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