WATCH: Horner’s ‘Rogue’ Marshal Gets to Meet Max Verstappen After Qatar GP F1 Saga

Published 11/22/2021, 6:15 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021 Red Bull team principal Christian Horner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


The Qatar Grand Prix was a disappointing one for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. The Dutch driver was beaten by his arch-rival Lewis Hamilton on Sunday’s race. But the drama escalated after the Grand prix as Red Bull’s Christian Horner made some remarks about the marshal. This incident saw the team boss visit the stewards.

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In Saturday’s qualifying session, Pierre Gasly suffered a horrible puncture, which causes the yellow flags to be brought out. Verstappen, who was trying to steal the pole position, failed to slow down. He was later given a 5-place grid penalty. Horner wasn’t pleased about it, and before the race, he criticized the marshal who waved the yellow flag.

Seeing this, the stewards from the FIA organized the marshal to meet Verstappen.

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Qatar Grand Prix marshall meets Max Verstappen

Horner had made some remarks about the marshal that didn’t go well with the stewards. This saw him pay a visit to them after the Qatar Grand Prix.

Knowing that the marshal was innocent, the stewards ensured that they organized a meet with the Red Bull prodigy. A gesture that was loved by the Formula One community.

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What did Horner say about the marshall?

Verstappen was trying to steal pole position from Lewis Hamilton in Saturday’s qualifying session. However, before he could do that, Alpha Tauri’s Gasly suffered a puncture, which brought the yellow flags.

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The Dutch driver failed to slow down, and before Sunday’s race was given a grid penalty. Horner wasn’t pleased and made comments which didn’t suit the stewards.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 01: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talk in the garage during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on August 01, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said, “I think it’s just a rogue marshal that’s stuck a flag out. He has not been instructed to by the FIA. They’ve got to have control of their marshals, it’s as simple as that.”

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However, Horner is satisfied with Verstappen’s race, as came second after starting the race in seventh place. With a week off from Formula One, he hopes that his team can bounce back at Jeddah and prevent their arch-rivals, Mercedes, from winning the next race.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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