Horner was referred to as to the Qatar GP stewards after mentioning a “rogue marshal” in a TV interview when discussing the Q3 yellow flag incident that led to Max Verstappen earning a five-place grid penalty.
The marshal in query waved yellow flags on the final nook within the closing moments of Q3 after Pierre Gasly went over the kerbs, misplaced his entrance wing, and suffered a puncture.
Horner apologised and was given a warning, and he additionally agreed to participate in a stewards’ coaching programme that takes place early subsequent yr.
Masi, who has final duty for monitor officers at every venue on grand prix weekends, made it clear that he wished to set a precedent and stated he would “defend each volunteer official”.
“I feel you shouldn’t assault any individual, and notably when now we have 1000’s of volunteer marshals all over the world that quit 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 quit an enormous quantity of their time, received’t occur.
“I’ll defend each volunteer official, and each official round each race monitor all over the world, [and stress] that that isn’t accepted.”
Michael Masi, Race Director
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Masi pressured that the marshal involved was “doing the most effective of their view, she or he, appearing in the most effective pursuits of retaining everybody secure on monitor. And I don’t suppose anybody ought to be criticised for appearing upon their instincts.”
Masi confirmed that he referred the matter to the stewards after being knowledgeable of Horner’s feedback.
“Sure I did, it was a race director referral to the stewards,” he stated.
“I used to be suggested of them, and referred Christian, and Christian was very apologetic for his feedback.
“Clearly the steward’s choice was very easy, that Christian was very apologetic and didn’t imply to offend anybody, the individual in query who was truly waving the flag has been apologised to personally, and Christian to his credit score has volunteered to come back and be part of the stewards’ seminar in 2022.
“It’s a two-day stewards seminar, so there’s heaps that’s mentioned over these two days. There’ll be a lot of subjects and we’d give him a subject to current.”