Christian Horner was not happy with Max Verstappen’s penalty after he ignored yellow flags on Saturday. This happened during a confusing situation, in which the race management saw no need for yellow flags, but the marshal at the edge of the circuit did.
Horner made an unkind comment about that marshal, much to the anger of race director Michael Masi. When he was told what the Red Bull team principal had said, he single-handedly referred him to the stewards, he tells. In the end, the Briton received a warning.
“I referred him after I was reminded of his statements. Believe me, I don’t have time to look on social media before the race, so I was pointed to those words and then referred him to the stewards.”
Horner subsequently apologized extensively in the media and did the same to the stewards. “He felt very guilty and the stewards’ judgment was quite logical.”
“Christian did not mean to offend anyone and he has personally apologized to the marshal who waved the flag. His punishment is a warning,” said the Australian race director.
Unacceptable behavior from the Red Bull team boss
Finally, Masi emphasizes that it is absolutely out of the question to personally attack a marshal in this way. Especially not because the man is a volunteer and did exactly what he was supposed to do. “You should never attack anyone personally. Not anyone. Especially when there are thousands of volunteer marshals around the world who give up a lot of their time for this.”
“Without him these races could not take place. A lot of people don’t understand that. I will always stand up for every volunteer official at any track anywhere in the world. It is unacceptable. The marshal simply did what he thought was best, with the intent is to keep everyone safe. No one should be criticized for acting on their instincts,” said the FIA man.