F1: Christian Horner admits he does NOT regret the Qatar GP outburst that led to the stewards meeting
Christian Horner admits that he does NOT regret the outburst that angered the FIA and led to the stewards’ meeting, having blamed a ‘rogue quarterback’ for Max Verstappen for receiving a five-place grid penalty for the Qatar Grand Prix.
- Christian Horner hit quarterback for allowing Max Verstappen’s grid penalty
- Verstappen did not obey a yellow flag in qualifying for the Qatar Grand Prix
- His words were not satisfied with the FIA, and he later apologized for his outburst.
Christian Horner has no regrets for his actions at the Qatar Grand Prix, as the Red Bull team boss watched Lewis Hamilton bridge the gap with championship leader Max Verstappen.
Hamilton achieved a lights-to-flag victory in the inaugural Formula One race in Doha, taking the Mercedes driver within eight points of Red Bull’s Verstappen with two races to play.
The Qatar Grand Prix lacked some of the excitement of recent races on the track, but Horner and his Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff more than made up for it.
Max Verstappen was forced to start seventh at the Qatari GP after being hit with a five-place grid penalty before the race on Sunday for failing to observe a yellow flag.
The pair clashed during a news conference Thursday when news broke that Mercedes had failed in an attempt to review the decision not to punish Verstappen for an incident with Hamilton a week earlier in Brazil.
Horner said he had “no relationship” with Wolff, that he was not there to “kiss his ass” and that he would not spend Christmas with the German, unless Wolff was “in panto this year.”
A track marshal was next to face Horner’s wrath after Verstappen was hit with a five-place grid penalty for not slowing down enough due to double-waving yellow flags towards the end of qualifying. .
He’s a rebel marshal who raised a flag. They didn’t tell him to. This is a crucial hit in the world championship, ” Horner told Sky Sports F1, and his words led him into a mess with the FIA after he was summoned to the stewards to explain his comments.
Verstappen (right) although he made his way onto the field in the opening laps to finally finish second
Horner came out with an official warning and also apologized to the quarterback in question and, as a result, offered to participate in the FIA 2022 International Stewards Program.
But when asked if his outburst showed that the pressure of a close title fight was getting to him, Horner said: ‘Not at all, watch the interview and form your own opinion.
“Everyone has the right to an opinion and I gave an opinion.”
Pressed if he regretted his recent behavior, he added: ‘Not at all, I believe in my team, I am frank and I have always behaved that way.
Verstappen’s penalty was criticized by Christian Horner as caused by the act of a rogue quarterback.
“ I am not a very emotional person, I do not rant in front of the camera and I think that from the way I have behaved, I have no problem with that and I would do the exact same thing. ”
Verstappen finished a distant second in Doha, but can be crowned world champion in Jeddah if he wins with the fastest lap and Hamilton fails to finish in the top five.
The Dutchman started seventh after his penalty in Qatar, but did light work on the rest of the field to limit the damage in his passionate battle with Hamilton.
“It was a great day,” Horner added.
Horner (right with FIA President Jean Todt), though he later apologized for his comments after being cited for violating FIA protocol.
I think Max’s recovery on the first lap was impressive and his first two corners were sensational.
“Mercedes had a faster car with Lewis, but we were able to come back in the second and third rounds. While we weren’t faster, our straight line speed was competitive and the fact that Max was able to get the fastest lap before switching to soft tires was encouraging.
“We are now just five points away in the constructors ‘championship and eight points ahead in the drivers’ championship, so there are two very big races to come and it’s all to play for.
“We are going to work hard next week and improve the car as much as we can and see what we can do in Jeddah.”