Horner obtained a warning from the FIA stewards after the race in Losail on Sunday for remarks the place he accused a “rogue marshal” of getting put out double-waved yellow flags in qualifying.
It was these flags that triggered an offence for Max Verstappen, who was handed a five-place grid penalty for ignoring the warning signals.
Horner’s feedback in regards to the marshal comply with the behaviour of each Horner and rival Mercedes boss Toto Wolff being probed in current weeks, because the strain of the title battle intensifies.
Whereas Wolff’s finger-pointing second to cameras in Brazil following Lewis Hamilton’s move on Verstappen turned a meme, Horner has discovered himself within the highlight amid controversies over hard-hitting remarks he has made just lately about the Mercedes rear wing, Yuki Tsunoda’s driving in Mexico Q3 and the Verstappen/Hamilton Turn 4 incident in Interlagos.
However whereas apologetic for singling out a marshal for criticism, Horner has defended his method to talking out and criticising issues that he believes are improper.
Requested if he had any regrets about the way in which he has carried out himself, Horner mentioned: “No, by no means. I imagine in my workforce. I’m a straight talker and I’ve all the time carried out myself in that method.
“I am not an excessively emotional particular person, I do not rant at cameras. I believe the way in which I’ve carried out myself, I’ve acquired no points with, and I might do precisely the identical [in the future].
“I believe the one difficulty, concerning the marshal, was that if there was any private offence taken for referencing a rogue yellow flag, it was not supposed at any particular person or any marshal.
“I do not know whether or not you heard the interview that I gave [where the comments came from] however I did not really feel that it was unreasonable.”
Christian Horner, Staff Principal, Purple Bull Racing, and Helmut Marko, Guide, Purple Bull Racing
Photograph by: Jerry Andre / Motorsport Images
Horner reiterated that the feedback he made in regards to the marshal had been fuelled extra by his annoyance on the approach the yellow flag scenario performed out in qualifying to set off a penalty for Verstappen.
“I made a touch upon one of many broadcast channels that I felt that there had been a rogue steward [marshal] who waved the yellow flag, and the stewards took offence to that,” he mentioned.
“I simply reassured them that no offence was made or supposed with the person. It was extra irritating having three or 4 vehicles move the identical automotive with no yellow flags, however ours acquired a waved yellow flag.
“I believe the apology was accepted, and I’d similar to to make it clear it wasn’t pointed at marshals.
“I believe marshals do a beautiful job all over the world. They’re volunteers. With out marshals there can be no motorsport.
“It is simply the circumstances that had been irritating, and I believe there’s one thing that may be discovered from this.”