Christian Horner has branded recent comments from Gerhard Berger as ‘ridiculous’, after the Austrian suggested Mark Webber purposefully failed to brake after his crash in Korea, in order to take one of his championship competitors out.
The Red Bull team principal dismissed such allegations, claiming Webber’s natural instinct was to rejoin the race, rather than further damage his title ambitions.
“As with every incident in Formula 1, opinions will always be made without all the facts,” Horner told the Daily Telegraph.
“Just to be absolutely clear – Mark’s intention was not to take out another driver after his crash in the Korean Grand Prix and it’s ridiculous to suggest otherwise.
“After Mark’s impact with the wall, it was clear on the TV and from the data that his car was badly damaged. However, the natural and immediate instinct of any competitive driver is not to give up and to keep going.
“In the atrocious conditions, Mark made the snap decision to continue as every driver would in that situation – it’s absurd to suggest that Mark would ever deliberately take out another driver.
“Mark accepted immediate blame for this incident, which in itself deserves credit.”