Horner was summoned to see the stewards after the race in Losail for having hit out at a ‘rogue marshal’ who he blamed for placing out the yellow flags in qualifying that earned Max Verstappen a grid penalty.
The FIA was clear that it couldn’t settle for its officers being criticised in such a way, and Horner duly apologised for his words – each in personal to them and later in public through the media.
Horner confessed that his feedback have been made beneath the strain of competitors, along with his workforce locked in a good battle for the F1 title with Mercedes.
The remarks are the most recent in a sequence of salvos which were fired between Horner and Mercedes workforce boss Toto Wolff because the scrutiny on their squads ramp up.
However whereas Seidl accepts that the cleaning soap opera that takes place off observe is a part of the attraction of F1, he thinks there’s a line that his workforce wouldn’t cross when it got here to talking out.
“In the event you watch every part which is ongoing in the mean time, it’s clear, clearly, there’s rather a lot at stake,” defined Seidl, when requested for his opinions on the matter.
“It is totally different to the battles we’re in additional again, and is clearly nice to a sure diploma for the followers, and for the present, as a result of ultimately it ought to be leisure as nicely.
“However I positively suppose that among the feedback we have seen in current weeks, it is positively not one thing I might think about would come from us in such a state of affairs.
“I feel it is essential, and it would not matter when you battle for wins, or in case you are final, that you simply at all times preserve respect for the rivals, for the FIA, for F1.
“We’re on this collectively, and it’s important that there’s respect for the volunteers who assist us, ultimately, to placed on these race weekends.”
Michael Masi, Race Director
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F1 race director Michael Masi revealed after the Qatar race that he had alerted the stewards to Horner’s marshal feedback, which had been stated to Sky earlier than the race.
Masi defined that there was no means he might settle for any criticism of security marshals, who do their job to guard the drivers.
“I feel you shouldn’t assault any individual, and significantly when we now have hundreds of volunteer marshals world wide that surrender an enormous period of time globally,” he stated.
“With out them this sport that everybody has very near their coronary heart, and all of them surrender an enormous quantity of their time, gained’t occur.
“I’ll defend each volunteer official, and each official round each race observe world wide, [and stress] that that’s not accepted.”