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Horner: Nothing wrong with Hamilton

Christian Horner defends Lewis Hamilton over his decision to unlap himself in Germany
Christian Horner has said that he saw nothing wrong with Lewis Hamilton's move to unlap himself from Sebastian Vettel during the German Grand Prix.

Hamilton was a lap down after an issue at the start when he unlapped himself from the Red Bull driver at Hockenheim, a move which Vettel branded as stupid after the race given the Briton hadn't been involved in the fight for position.

In a surprise move however, Horner has revealed that he saw nothing wrong with Hamilton's move, with the McLaren driver having been on fresher tyres and therefore lapping quicker at the time he came up behind the defending champion.

Horner did however admit that Hamilton's move had cost his driver dear, with the German's reaction being a case of emotions running high in the heat of the moment.

"Obviously, drivers' emotions run high," Horner was quoted by AFP. "It was an unusual situation because usually when you lap a car, it doesn't come back past you. But Lewis was on fresh tyres.

"In Seb's opinion, it affected his race and it did affect his race. But it's within the rules and he (Hamilton) did nothing wrong and arguably helped his team-mate. I don't think that there is anything to say that a car can't unlap itself.

"It's frustrating that it cost us a second and it's unfortunate that he didn't unlap himself from Fernando as well. If it had cost Fernando a second as well, then it would have negated the disadvantage of being unlapped. But he was entitled to do it.

"We probably dropped about a second when Lewis unlapped himself, which was frustrating. But when you are fighting for hundredths and tenths of a second, that's the way it goes sometimes."


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mjgroves

July 24, 2012 12:25 PM

The question to Vettel should be thus: If you don't think a car should be able to unlap itself given the opportunity, shouldn't they just retire once they go a lap down? What if there'd been a safety car as Hamilton did Vettel, he'd have been able to rejoin the back of the queue and would have been back in with a shout, albeit an unlikely one. Hamilton was unlucky at Hockenheim to get that early puncture, in unlapping himself he proved that he had the race pace to be with the front runners, whether or not he'd have beaten them in a straight fight is another matter. By retiring, they can now replace the gearbox and other bits without facing a penalty, so for people on other stories to say he retired in a strop is bull. A lot of people on here know very little about a sport they profess to know everything about



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