Christian Horner explains why Red Bull decided to boycott Sky Sports

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Christian Horner says Max Verstappen “was very upset” about Ted Kravitz saying that Lewis Hamilton was “robbed”, and adds: “as a team we support him fully”.

On Saturday reports started coming in saying that Max Verstappen is refusing to talk to Sky Sports and its affiliated channels at the Mexican Grand Prix, after long-time reporter Ted Kravitz said Lewis Hamilton has been “robbed” of the 2021 title.

Since December of last year, Kravitz has been very outspoken about the unfairness of the controversial decisions made at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which prevented Hamilton from winning his eighth world title.

The exact comment that has ‘broken the camel’s back’ for Verstappen was made after the 2022 United States Grand Prix, and you can read it in full here.

The boycott then got extended to the whole Red Bull team, who refused to talk to the broadcaster for the remainder of the race weekend.

After the race, team boss Christian Horner explained why this decision was made.

“We’re disappointed with a series of derogatory comments that have been made on Sky,” the Briton said.

“So we felt this weekend we would take a break, and that it wouldn’t do Sky any harm, us taking a break.

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“There needs to be balance in commentary. Some of the commentary is excellent, but some of the pieces… There is too much sensationalisation being done.

“We stand together as a team – and it’s not just Sky UK, it’s been across all the Sky channels in Germany and Italy.”

Horner then revealed Verstappen was “very upset” about the comment Kravitz had made.

“It was just to register our discontent. Sometimes some of the less impartial comments, some of the accusations that are made, TV seems to be becoming more sensationalised.

“Accusations of a championship being ‘robbed’, that’s not something we feel is impartial commentary.

“Obviously, we don’t feel that is in any way fair or balanced. Max was very upset about it, and as a team we support him fully.

“I think Red Bull are a cheap target sometimes,” the Briton concluded.

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