After the Brazilian Grand Prix it is no longer uncommon for drivers to be called to the mat by the stewards after a session, but in Qatar it is now the turn of Red Bull team boss Christian Horner. The Briton is said to have broken a rule of the sporting regulations.
Horner would have made statements that could potentially harm the FIA, or the sport in general, according to the stewards. What exactly it is about, the stewards do not say in the issued document. It may be his pre-race comments at Sky Sports. He suggested that Max Verstappen’s grid penalty was unjustified because a “rogue marshall‘ would have waved the double yellow flag, without the direction of the race.
“I think it was just a rogue marshall waving the flag and not getting the order from the FIA,” Horner said. “They should be in control of their marshals. It’s simple stuff. It is a crucial setback for our title fight. Now we start in seventh place on a track where you can’t overtake, that’s great,” said the Briton, who was proven wrong by Verstappen, who finished second. “What’s frustrating is that the race director said, ‘It’s fine, keep going, the track is clear, finish your laps’. He did that by putting out the yellow flag.”