F1 live updates: The Dutchman was fortunate not to receive a penalty for his lunge at the defending champion
Red Bull have apologized after two of their drivers collided in Formula One’s Mexican Grand Prix while he was in third place. Max Verstappen mounted the right-rear of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton with two laps remaining in the race to get to fifth place in front of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. Hamilton went ahead to finish second. “We heard from the team via radio that Lewis had been hit and to be clear, Max didn’t intend for that to happen, but in a wild race you don’t always hit people because you’re just trying to get something from the car. This weekend is over and in my book, Max is not the winner,” Verstappen’s boss Christian Horner said after the race. “It’s a shame because Max was really pushing and Lewis was reacting. I think Daniel is the one that paid for this. “It’s happened too many times. It’s tough for the team when we see Lewis go down. It’s a shame in that we could have won the race.”
Sebastian Vettel races in the championship lead ahead of Max Verstappen
Lewis Hamilton is now 25 points clear of Sebastian Vettel ahead of next week’s race in Abu Dhabi
What has changed at Red Bull?
His Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has apologised to Max Verstappen after his collision with Lewis Hamilton sent the Mercedes driver to the back of the field. Daniel Ricciardo had already collided with Romain Grosjean and Verstappen was unable to respond to Hamilton but Horner wants the 20-year-old Dutchman to act with greater consideration in future. “Obviously, Lewis was very quick out of the pits and put pressure on us on every single lap,” he said. “On lap 11, we got a little bit caught up behind another tyre in the Le Castellet area, but Max was just really pushing and pushed him when he shouldn’t have because Lewis was going really, really fast. He did something that was very aggressive and it was wrong and we felt it was wrong.” Verstappen later apologised for his deliberate move and said he should not have used his team radio as a “radio to confess” about his action.