Red Bull’s Christian Horner latest to be summoned to stewards during Qatar Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton goes undercover to inspire school children

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner was summoned to the stewards after the Qatar Grand Prix after an alleged breach of 12.2.1 f and 12.2.1 k of international sporting code. Horner admitted after seeing the stewards it was for comments he made to Sky Sports F1 ahead of the race after being unhappy his driver had been penalised in Qatar.

Horner was summoned after Lewis Hamilton won the Qatar Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen recovering from seventh to second and Fernando Alonso third for Alpine.

The breach would be: “Any words, deeds or writings that have caused moral injury or loss to the FIA or its executive officers, and more generally on the interest of motor sport.

Any misconduct could be towards licence-holders, officials, officers or member of the staff of the FIA, members of the staff of the Organiser or promoter or members of the staff of the Competitors.

Before the race, Horner told Sky Sports: “I think it’s just a rogue marshal that’s stuck a flag out and he’s not been instructed to by the FIA,” after Verstappen was hit with a five-place grid penalty for ignoring double waved yellow flags.

“They’ve got to have control of their marshals, it’s as simple as that because that’s a crucial blow in this world championship for us. Now starting P7 at a track you can’t overtake at, that is massive.

Max Verstappen summoned to see the stewards in Qatar

“What’s frustrating is that the race director has said ‘get on, it’s fine, it’s a safe track, finish your laps’, effectively, by turning off the yellow.”

“So all the GPS, all the signals that we have saying ‘track is safe’, even the slippery surface is gone so there’s nothing to communicate to the driver.”

However, speaking after a trip to the stewards, Horner seemed to do a U-turn on his comments, clarifying exactly what he meant.

He said: “Some comments were made I think in our interview earlier where you asked me about the marshaling and I’d like to make it clear that marshals do a wonderful, wonderful job and their volunteers, they do a great job.

“My frustration in what I voiced earlier, wasn’t at marshalls, it was a circumstance and so if any offence was taken by any individual then obviously I apologise for that, but still frustrating to end up with the situation that we had but phenomenal recovery by Max and the team today. 

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