Christian Horner was criticized by the stewards after the Grand Prix of Qatar for his statements about the FIA. The Red Bull team boss only received a reprimand, but will attend a race management course next season, Michael Masi reveals.
Max Verstappen was given a five-place grid penalty for the Qatar Grand Prix for ignoring the yellow flag twice during qualifying. Horner thought this was ridiculous and lashed out at the FIA, something that does not conform to the International Sporting Code of the motorsport federation. Horner therefore had to come to the fore and received an official warning. Moments later, the Red Bull team boss openly apologized and has now even offered to attend a seminar given by the FIA stewards, race director Michael Masi revealed.
Masi sent Horner to the stewards
It was Masi who personally sent Horner to the stewards, the Australian acknowledged after the race. “Yes, I did, it was a reference from the Race Director to the stewards,” he told the press. Horner made his fierce statements just before the start of the race, so how did Masi know so quickly what Horner had been shouting in the media? “I was made aware and then referred Christian to the stewards. He has apologized for his comments.”
Horner to attend stewards seminar
In addition to apologizing, Horner has also offered to attend a stewards seminar next season. “Christian has, at his own request, offered to participate in the 2022 stewards seminar,” Masi confirmed.