Horner dismisses “wild” Red Bull exit rumours

In the round-up: Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has categorically denied claims his position in charge of the team is under threat.

In brief

Horner has long-term commitment to Red Bull, regardless of Porsche

Reports in Dutch media yesterday claimed Horner was concerned he could be replaced as team principal if their deal with Porsche goes ahead. He emphatically rejected the claims after yesterday’s race.

“There’s always wild rumours in this paddock. I recently made a commitment to this team for the long-term and indeed any discussions that we’ve had have been contingent upon the management structure being the same, which has always been fully accepted. So I don’t really need to comment on wild speculation,” Horner affirmed after the Dutch Grand Prix.

Zhou pit lane speeding incident “just a bit unlucky”

Alfa Romeo head of trackside engineering Xevi Pujolar said that the pit lane speeding incident which earned Zhou Guanyu a five-second penalty during the Dutch Grand Prix was caused by anti-stall.

“It just was a bit unlucky on Zhou’s side,” explained Pujolar. “He was just braking into the pit lane and applying the pit limiter, he locked the rears and then it triggered the anti-stall, it just slowed down too much. When he recovered he just overshot slightly the speed and got caught over-speeding.”

Stewards “don’t like” F2 collision, but no penalty

Richard Verschoor claimed second place in the Formula 2 feature race at Zandvoort after colliding with Jack Doohan following a late-race Safety Car restart. Doohan’s race was ended by the clash but Verschoor was not penalised for the collision.

Speaking after the race Verschoor apologised to his rival. “It was definitely not my intention to hit him,” he said. “I thought everybody was going and then we all slowed I locked all my wheels but I couldn’t avoid it. It’s not the way I want to finish second.”

“Because the last corner is banked I couldn’t see the cars in front,” the Charouz driver explained. “Then the two cars in front of me start accelerating and suddenly they braked and I was just too close. I thought I had a good restart, but then everybody braked again so I just hit him.”

The stewards indicated they were dissatisfied the collision occured, but said in their statement they could not find an offence to penalise. “Having considered the matter extensively, the stewards determined that car five [Lawson] accelerated very late just before the Safety Car line. Additional the driver of car five was weaving prior to his restart.

“Further back in the field of cars there was a collision between car 20 [Verschoor] and car three [Doohan]. Car 20 was not able to brake and ran into the back of car three who subsequently retired.

“The stewards don’t like to see restarts conducted in this way but finally couldn’t find any breach of the Sporting Regulations, hence the decision of ‘No Further Action’. The driver of car three stated after the announcement of the decision that he concurred that it was a racing incident.”

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