"I think that's a coincidence, I don't believe there was any instruction", Horner said.
Ocon said he had history with Verstappen from their days as F3 rivals and he was not planning to speak through the incident with him. "I saw them racing but they weren't racing for the same position."In my mind, I would have been in a different frame of mind [than Max]".
Horner said the collision with Ocon caused major damage to Verstappen's auto and praised his driver for closing the gap to 1.4s by the end of the race.
Verstappen got every last drop out of his supersofts before switching to the soft compound and it looked like victory was assured, but Ocon threw a spanner into the mix on lap 44.
"And they said, "Well our exhaust is just about to fail and we're overshooting all the temperature limits". "The first lap I was a lot faster and the second lap I was a lot faster".
"They were minus 27 degrees compared to the delta", he revealed, "so I had to push very hard all the way around".
"I was wrong, it wasn't a disrespectful move by Sergey, it was a misunderstanding and I honestly attempted to get out of his way". We were struggling. We had problems with the engine.
"So I went left, but he was going left, but he wasn't on a lap, so I don't know what his thinking was. It was one of the toughest experiences I have had for some time but I enjoyed it, I love a challenge like that".
Meanwhile for Hamilton and Mercedes, it was celebration time. He then squatted down beside his vehicle, with his helmet still on, and rested his head on the sidepod. "But I'm really, really proud [of my win] - I don't care about anyone else".
"I went on the outside at turn one - the same move I made on Fernando [Alonso] and on many others before, but Max didn't give me any space". We win races, we've been fortunate to have a lot of success.
"Everyone was biting their nails through the year, it is such an incredible effort for everyone. It should have a great impact on the end of the year and a great knock-on effect for next year".
Yet while he did the take the win at the Brazilian Grand Prix this was an nearly unexpected victory that had turned on a moment.