Christian Horner questions Mercedes tactics at Austrian Grand Prix

• Red Bull principal thinks team can still win title
• Horner calls Mercedes strategy in Austria ‘bizarre’

The Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner, has described Mercedes’s decision to have their chief strategist, James Vowles, publicly apologise for a strategy error at the Austrian Grand Prix as Vowles throwing himself under the bus to motivate Lewis Hamilton. Speaking before this weekend’s British Grand Prix, Horner was also optimistic Silverstone would remain on the F1 calendar but hopeful that London might still become a venue.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won in Austria, which Horner believed proved they were still outsiders with a shot at a title, but it was Hamilton’s team that attracted scrutiny. Mercedes opted not to pit the British driver under the virtual safety car, costing him the lead and leaving him angry and frustrated. They took the unusual step of having Vowles admit it was his fault over the radio, saying that he had “thrown away the win”. Mercedes said it had been an attempt to refocus Hamilton on the task at hand.

Related: Lewis Hamilton puts Austria setback behind him and focuses on British GP

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