Susie Wolff delivers verdict on Christian Horners row with Mercedes and Toto – EXCLUSIVE

F1: Can Lewis Hamilton do it again?

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ROKiT Venturi Racing Formula E team principal Susie Wolff says she believes Christian Horner allowed his emotions to boil over at the British Grand Prix and watching Lewis Hamilton go on to win the race must have been “difficult to watch” for the Red Bull boss after his driver crashed out early.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who had a 33 point lead coming into the weekend, collided heavily with Hamilton on the opening lap of the race, hitting the barriers hard.

Hamilton picked up a 10-place time penalty for the incident but went on to win in front of his home fans, cutting the deficit to just eight points heading to Hungary.

Verstappen was then caught up in another first lap tangle, this time Valtteri Bottas got out of shape into the first corner in Budapest, wiping out Lando Norris, Sergio Perez, with Verstappen picking up heavy damage to the right side of his barge board.

Horner branded Hamilton “desperate” and a “dirty driver” with Chief Advisor at Red Bull Helmut Marko calling for the seven-time world champion to serve a race ban for his part in the crash.

Wolff, however, dismissed any suggestion his driver was undeserving of his victory at the British Grand Prix, adding “a win is a win” and that they will “put it on the scorecard and move on.”

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Speaking at the Formula E London E-Prix ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, in which her team picked up P9 and P11 with Edoardo Mortara, Wolff admitted as a team principal, you need to keep your emotions in check.

“It’s always difficult to put yourself in other people’s shoes,” began Wolff, speaking exclusively to Express Sport.

“Obviously, he [Horner] was very upset in the moment, but of course, as a team principal, you have to sometimes take the emotion out of it and obviously stand above and make your emotions heard.

“I think you need to be very careful in those instances and not to let your emotions take over.

“I think in the end if it came down to one person’s viewpoint who was very emotional in that moment, and obviously it was difficult watching Lewis to go on to win the British Grand Prix and have, what made me so proud to see the whole place erupted.

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“And I think that played a huge part of his or his energy and his will to want to try and win the race, but in the end, it’s great for the sport, everybody’s talking about it, I think it will go on to be a great rivalry between the two drivers.”

Despite Hamilton’s penalty, many believed the accident to be a racing incident, including former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer and Sky Sports’ F1 pundit Karun Chandhok, and Wolff was inclined to agree.

“Everyone’s going to have their own opinion on that,” Added Wolff, who has been married to the Mercedes boss since 2011.

“My opinion is it was a racing incident, 100 percent a racing incident. But in the end, I can also appreciate that two people have different opinions on that, and everyone you ask has an opinion on it, which I think it polarises, but it’s great for the sport. It was great drama, a team. And the most important fact was that Max was OK.

“I think it’s always important to know that everyone’s got their own perspective.

“And obviously the Red Bull on that day, they lost the huge lead in the championship constructors and drivers.

“So, of course, emotions were running high and the drivers had their perspective on who was right [and who] was wrong.

“And in the end, you have to take it for what it was and move on. We’ve all got our own perceptions and we all are trying to succeed.

“There’s a lot of pressure on the sport to succeed, but I think it’s about understanding that there’s a great rivalry there.

“But keeping it respectful and respectful is the main word because I think when emotions run high, that’s okay, because it’s in the heat of the moment, it’s competition, but just keep it respectful.”

Hamilton leads Verstappen by eight points heading into the summer break, with racing resuming in Belgium at the end of August.

ROKiT Venturi Racing Formula E team principal was speaking at Formula E’s London E-Prix, which saw two Brits, Jake Dennis and Alex Lynn, crowned winners.

“Every team in Formula E has ups and downs, it’s, unfortunately, the format that doesn’t reallallow for it to be consistency,” added Wolff.

“But we’ve got the seasooff to great start with podium and obviously we want tmake another podium. 

“So think we’ve really shown what we’re capable of, but of course, it’who stands where at the end of the championship.

“That’what we’ve got to focus on now for the remaining four races, but think we‘ve definitely made big step forward as team.”

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