Red Bull team principal Christian Horner understands that the FIA is taking longer to make decisions. The Briton assumes that more careful action will be taken in the case of the title fight, he reports to Racer.
In the Grand Prix weekend of Qatar, the incident between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in Brazil was still being looked into. Ultimately, the FIA opted to reject Mercedes’ protest, but that decision was made 24 hours later. The FIA wants to exert as little influence as possible in the title race, but at the same time must intervene if necessary.
Horner sees that the FIA is weighing up interests. “It’s unusual for them to take so much time, but given the title fight, they don’t want to make the wrong choice,” said the Briton. The team boss sees that the race management mainly wants to make choices that they can substantiate. The fact that this then takes a lot of time does not bother the FIA and they try to parry criticism. Horner does think it can be done differently: “There is always room for improvement, don’t you think?”
Decisions have an impact
The fact that the fight for the world title is exciting does not help the FIA either. “We’ve seen other teams express their displeasure with the FIA, most recently in Brazil,” said Horner. The race management does not try to influence the title fight. “There will always be frustrations when the competition is fierce. Decisions can have a huge impact, as we saw with the grid penalty,” the Red Bull Racing team boss concludes.