Christian Horner Slams ‘Market’ Type Negotiations Between Michael Masi & Red Bull F1

Published 12/06/2021, 11:17 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021 Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Red Bull boss Christian Horner was certainly not a happy man after the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton raced wheel-to-wheel but Hamilton came out as the ultimate winner after Verstappen was given a five-second penalty. Horner was not on terms with many decisions that race director Michael Masi took during the race.

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To Masi’s defense, the race was disarrayed by two red flags and a virtual safety car. Naturally, he had a lot on his plate and took some bold decisions, in this case, penalizing Max. However, this was not the only disappointment for Red Bull. The Stewards investigated the matter concerning Lewis and Max’s collision on the straight and also gave a 10 second time penalty to the Dutchman.

Christian Horner feels the decisions were unusual

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Horner has been at the helm of the Milton Keynes team for over fifteen years. However, he believes that the decisions taken during the race in Jeddah were one of a kind and ones he has never seen before. The Briton was not able to wrap his head around handing positions and changing grid slots. So much so that he said, “I think we’re over-regulated.,” as reported by Autosport.

Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 4, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in third position Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

When Horner was asked for his reaction when he was asked by Masi to give the top spot to Ocon, Horner had an outrageous answer. “It was like we were in the market, something unusual. I’ve never seen this before,” as reported by Motorsport.

Horner misses Charlie Whiting

The Red Bull boss believes that F1 is missing the stable hand of long-term race director Charlie Whiting, who passed away in 2019. According to him, pretty much every decision of FIA has gone against Red Bull; meanwhile, Hamilton has gotten off the hook in similar situations.

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“It felt like today the sport missed Charlie Whiting, I’m sorry to say, but the experience that he had…” said Horner as reported by Autosport.

“Obviously pretty much every decision went against us, as they did in Doha a couple of weeks ago. Then we saw two incidents yesterday that… it’s been variable, to say the least,” he added.

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The two title rivals are tied on points after the Jeddah GP. Tell us your predictions about the title decider in Abu Dhabi.

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Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.

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