Toto Wolff’s veiled dig at "panther" Horner after Hamilton and Verstappen crash

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has unleashed a veiled dig at Christian Horner following the crash of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the Italian Grand Prix.

The two title challengers collided when Verstappen flipped up beside Hamilton, with the rear of Verstappen's car landing on the British racer’s car.

Hamilton’s halo head protection device was the probably likely saviour in preventing the seven-time champion from serious injury.

And Mercedes team principal Wolff made some contentious comments following the incident, hinting that Red Bull chief Horner sometimes does not play fair.

He said to Sky Sports: "The stewards are going to decide who is to blame. I would say it was a clear tactical foul. He probably knew that if Lewis stays ahead then that is the race victory.

"It doesn't look like [they were] alongside, no. Then you go over the sausage kerb in the middle.

"I think if you compare it to lap one, there was no space left and got pushed off the track actually.

"But I will let stewards make the judgement, I don't want to be a panther like some of my colleagues do.”

He continued: "I think at that time, [Lewis] was on the outside, but [Max] just went over the sausage kerb and jumped a bit.

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"It was clear for Max in there that it would end up in a crash. I think if we don't manage it -and I'm sure the stewards will look at it in the right way – this is going to continue.

In the end, it was Daniel Ricciardo who secured his first Formula One win as a McLaren driver, with teammate Lando Norris following behind him in the second spot.

Ricciardo was heard yelling over team radio as he crossed the line: "Whaaaaaaa – yes! For anyone who thought I left, I never left. Thanks, guys."

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