After the Qatar GP, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner had to answer to the stewards for statements he made about a track marshall. According to FIA race director Michael Masi, those statements were completely unacceptable.
Formula 1 is strictly regulated, which has been proven several times this season by the many penalties and warnings that the stewards issued to drivers this season. However, these possible penalties go beyond incidents on the track because according to the sporting regulations, every team member must not damage the integrity of Formula 1 and the FIA.
The latter was the case when, following the grid penalty for Max Verstappen for ignoring a double yellow flag, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said that the FIA has no control over its track marshals and that “adult decisions should be made by mature people.” ”.
“It’s ridiculous. The FIA cannot organize a decent system of marshals and they hide their incompetence on the shoulders of the drivers. Unbelievable!” was Horner’s additional criticism.
According to FIA race director Michael Masi, the personal attack on the track marshals was completely unacceptable and it was therefore right that Max Verstappen’s team boss was held accountable and given a warning from the stewards.
“I don’t think you should attack anyone,” Masi said. “We have thousands of Marshalls who volunteer and spend a lot of time with us, without them this sport that is so close to our hearts would not be possible.”
“They give up a lot of free time for us. Without them this wouldn’t happen, that’s something a lot of people forget.”
“I will also always defend every volunteer and every official on every circuit, such criticism is not accepted!”
Finally, Max Verstappen met the relevant track marshall to smooth out the folds.
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