Horner: Verstappen critics need eye test
17 September 2017 – Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says anybody who blames Max Verstappen for the first-lap drama at the Singapore Grand Prix "needs their eyes tested".
Vettel, having made a sluggish getaway from pole position, moved over on Verstappen on the run to Turn 1, while Räikkönen shot up the inside.
As the trio bunched together, Verstappen and Räikkönen collided, with Räikkönen in turn pitched into Vettel – all three drivers sustaining terminal damage.
Räikkönen continued out-of-control towards Turn 1, where he made secondary contact with Verstappen, who then hit McLaren-Honda's Fernando Alonso.
Ferrari posted shortly after the incident that Verstappen "took out" Räikkönen, before the Ferraris collided, but Horner laughed off the assessment after the race.
"How on earth you can work that out from watching that I've got no idea," Horner told Sky Sports, as he watched replays of the incident.
"You can see Sebastian comes quite aggressively left, Kimi comes to the right, and Max is just… he can't disappear, he held a straight line.
"It's just desperately unlucky for him to be eliminated like that."
Horner added of Vettel's approach: "What he probably couldn't see was Kimi was the other side of Max.
"He's been aggressive with Max, Kimi's done the same from the other side, and the result and the outcome is what you see there.
"[But] I think anybody who tries to apportion any blame on Max for that needs their eyes tested."
Daniel Ricciardo avoided the drama to finish second in the other Red Bull, admitting post-race that a slow start ultimately aided his cause.