Christian Horner accused of giving ‘racists an excuse to let their vitriol fly’ on Lewis Hamilton by Labor peer Lord Hain… after Red Bull chief’s scathing criticism of Briton for his role in 180mph crash with title rival Max Verstappen
- Red Bull chief Christian Horner beaten by Labor peer Lord Hain
- Horner was critical of Lewis Hamilton after his crash with Max Verstappen
- The British driver was subsequently the victim of racial abuse on social media
- Hain described Horner’s comments as “poorly judged, intemperate and downright wrong”
Christian Horner has been accused of giving ‘racists an excuse to unleash their vitriol and evil’ at Lewis Hamilton after his criticism of the Mercedes driver after Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
Lord Hain, deputy chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Formula 1, believes Horner will “regret” the comments he made after Hamilton’s collision with Max Verstappen on the opening lap of the Silverstone race.
Seven-time world champion Hamilton, 36, was racially abused online during and after the race.
Christian Horner has been accused of giving ‘racists an excuse to let their vitriol and evil fly’
Lord Hain believes Horner will ‘regret’ comments he made after Hamilton’s collision
Red Bull joined Mercedes and F1 on Monday to condemn the abuse, and team boss Horner posted a message on social media saying: “While rivalry on the track is intense, highly charged emotions should never cross the line into racist abuse. ‘
But Hain, a Labor colleague, told the PA news agency: “Racists had an excuse to let their vitriol and evil fly on Lewis after what I thought was a very thoughtless, immoderate and clearly wrong attack on him by Christian Horner.
“I’m not suggesting that Christian was suggesting anything racist in what he said. He spoke in pure race terms and not in racist terms and that’s obvious.
“I hope it was something said in the heat of the moment when Christian felt hurt. But these are times when leadership is needed and not violent outbursts.’