Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has declared that there was nothing wrong with Lewis Hamilton passing Sebastian Vettel to unlap himself in the German Grand Prix.
Vettel was highly critical of Hamilton post-race after the McLaren driver got himself involved in the battle for the lead between Fernando Alonso, Vettel and Jenson Button. But while Horner accepted that Hamilton's actions cost Red Bull a shot at victory, as it prevented Vettel from being close enough to potentially take the lead during the pit stops, he stopped short of criticizing the 2008 world champion.
"If you look at the rules, I don't think that there is anything to say that a car can't unlap itself," said Horner. "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."
Horner also defended Vettel for his criticism of Hamilton, after the reigning World Champion branded the McLaren driver's actions as "stupid" in the post-race press conference.
"Obviously, drivers' emotions run high [after a race]," said Horner. "It was an unusual situation because usually when you lap a car, it doesn't come back past you. But Lewis was on fresh tires.
"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 teammate."