After Mercedes claimed Verstappen had been “overly aggressive” — Horner soon saw red and hit out in a blistering attack.
The 47-year-old, who is married to the Spice Girls’ Geri Horner, wrote in his Red Bull column: “I felt the narrative that Max was being ‘overly aggressive’ at that stage was unjustified.”
Christian continued: “You only have to look at the fact Max has zero penalty points on his licence and has not been found guilty of any on-track misjudgements in recent years.”
He added: “The aggressive 17-year-old F1 rookie Max Verstappen that Hamilton is referring to is not the Max Verstappen of today, just as Hamilton is not the same driver he was when he entered the sport.
“Both drivers are of course uncompromising in their driving style, but they are both highly skilled drivers with a great deal of experience. The reality is that Hamilton has met his match in a car that is now competitive.
“I agree that both drivers need to show each other respect, but Hamilton was the aggressor on Sunday.”