Christian Horner’s personal attack on marshals was not acceptable, says FIA F1 race director
Formula 1 News: The Qatar Grand Prix did not go well for Red Bull as they wanted it to. The series of unfortunate events began in qualifying when one of Pierre Gasly’s front tires burst.
He immediately lit yellow flags, but immediate green flags caused confusion. This led Max Verstappen to cross the double yellow flag limits to set his fastest time possible. The following day, the Dutchman was summoned by the stewards and was given a penalty of five places on the grid.
Furious at the decision, Horner was quick to react that a rogue marshal had ruined their qualifications. The FIA did not like the comment, and after the race on Sunday he was summoned.
In conclusion, Horner was warned with the possibility of attending a stewardship program early next year, which he agreed to. In addition, the “rogue marshal” then met Verstappen organized by the FIA. It was an attempt to make up for Horner’s remark.
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Horner’s reaction was indeed scandalous. No team manager has ever tried to heckle officials like the Red Bull team manager did. This behavior did not go well with FIA Race Director Michael Masi either.
He underlined that the commissaires involved are volunteers who devote their precious time to the sport. He claims that such a review is reckless and bad thinking for marshals around the world, who are helping to make a Grand Prix weekend happen.
“I bedon’t think you should hit anyone, ” he said according to F1i.com. “Concretely, when we have thousands of volunteer stewards around the world, it opens up a considerable amount of time on a global scale, without them this sport, everyone is extremely dear to their hearts. [couldn’t pass].
“All of them provide a tremendous amount of time. Without them, this will not happen. This is the role that many people lack. And I will protect every volunteer official and every official of every circuit around the world, that [such critique] is not authorized.“
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In addition, the FIA director clarified that the track marshals, and not the race control, are ultimately responsible. It is the race management who makes the decision to have a single or a double yellow.
“With all the yellow flags being displayed from the edge of the track, they are in the hands of officials’ control as they are at any venue anywhere.“Masi said.”And if they think it’s single or double, it’s up to the officials to decide. And they estimate what they see in front of them. “
Therefore, Masi believes that the marshals cannot be held responsible for the situation, as they simply reacted to the event and did their best to ensure the safety of the race, seeing the situation on the pitch.
“If you take a look at what was beyond and what was falling and with everything with Peter’s car, they responded by driving for what was in front of them. They have behaved in the best interests of keeping everyone safe on the track. And I don’t believe anyone should be scrutinized for working on their gut. “