Christian Horner has apologized for his earlier comments to race officials. The Red Bull Racing team principal says he did not want to offend marhals, precisely because they do very important work.
Horner had to face the stewards after the Grand Prix of Qatar, because he spoke quite spicy after Max Verstappen’s grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags during qualifying. “I think it’s just a rogue marshal waving a yellow flag when not instructed by the FIA,” he told Sky Germany. “They have to keep their marshals under control. It’s as simple as that, because this is a crucial blow for us in the world championship. We start seventh on a track where you can’t overtake, that’s huge.”
It is now known that the Briton has only received a warning for his statements. “I have spoken to the FIA,” he told Sky Sports. “I apologize if I have created any insult, that was not my intention. My frustration was not directed at any single marshal, but because of the inconsistent situation. To all marshals: we need you, we think you are doing a great job perform.”
Sneertje towards Wolff
According to Horner, any aggression in his statements was not because of the pressure that the title fight currently entails. He can’t help but refer to the now famous camera moment of Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff in Brazil. “I think we have our emotions under control. At least I didn’t point at cameras and start swearing or anything.” Horner says he is simply straightforward: “If I think you’re a jerk, I’ll tell you you’re a jerk.”