Sunday, November 21, 2021 5:48 PM – Last update: 5:59 PM
The FIA is busy with Red Bull Racing and Mercedes. Both teams regularly face the stewards and this time it’s Christian Horner’s turn. The Red Bull team boss must answer for his statements about the grid penalty for Max Verstappen. But what punishment awaits him?
In Qatar, the pressure was on at Red Bull Racing again. Mercedes had the upper hand in the Middle East, but Verstappen still managed to qualify as second. At least, so it seemed, because the Dutchman was punished by the stewards afterwards. He was given a five-place grid penalty for ignoring the yellow flag twice. 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 must therefore come to the fore and there is a good chance that the stewards will impose a penalty on Red Bull for this violation.
Horner critical of FIA after Verstappen penalty
“I think it’s just a rogue marshal waving a yellow flag when not instructed by the FIA,” Horner fired into Sky Germany’s microphone. “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.” These statements went wrong with the FIA, as a result of which Red Bull now risks a penalty.
FIA considers penalty
But what penalty can the stewards hand out to Horner and/or Red Bull Racing? The answer is simple: a fine or an official warning. The amount of the fine, and who has to pay it, is still unknown. It is hoped for Horner that the costs can be claimed from his employer.
UPDATE 17:54: FIA issues warning
The FIA stewards have spared Horner and Red Bull by just issuing an official warning to the team boss of the Austrian formation.