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Horner pays the price for "rogue" marshal comment

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08/02/2022

Red Bull boss, Christian Horner has served his punishment for comments he made about a "rogue" marshal following qualifying for the Qatar Grand Prix.

At the end of a controversial session, which saw Max Verstappen handed a 5-place grid penalty for ignoring double-waved yellows at the end of Q3, Horner hit out at the marshals.

"I think it's just a rogue marshal that's stuck a flag out and he's not been instructed to by the FIA," he told Sky Sports in the moments after the session.

"They've got to have control of their marshals," he added. "It's as simple as that because that's a crucial blow in this world championship for us. We're starting P7 at a track you can't overtake at, that is massive. There needs to be some grown-ups making grown-up decisions, just having binary, somebody sticks a yellow flag out, it's just frustrating."

Following official warning, Horner said he would be willing to attend the FIA’s International Stewards Programme, echoing Max Verstappen's punishment in early 2019 when he had to attend the Marrakesh E-Prix as an observer for the contretemps he was involved in at Interlagos months earlier.

Over the weekend, Horner served his punishment as he joined stewards from around the world in the two-day programme.

With speakers including Gary Connelly, the course was aimed at improving the standards of marshalling across the various motor sport disciplines.

The Red Bull boss subsequently took part in an online discussion with Charles Leclerc, Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa, Toyota WRC boss Jari-Matti Latvala, WRC driver Adrien Fourmaux and Michael Masi, Horner discussing his role as a team principal and the importance of his team's relationship with the FIA.

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1. Posted by @R1Racing71, 09/02/2022 16:44

"@Kenji - Ginger always was my favourite TBH............;)"

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2. Posted by kenji, 08/02/2022 10:26

"@ Editor,,,but doesn't GINGER fall into one of your favourite categories?"

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3. Posted by Superbird70, 07/02/2022 19:29

"The on-line discussion between Masi and Horner must have been interesting. "

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4. Posted by @R1Racing71, 07/02/2022 16:39

"@Italian Job.
To be fair most of if not all those names you mentioned have spent as much time in the wind and rain during their careers at such places as Mallory Park and the ever less glamorous Knockhill ;)
But yes I absolutely get your point :) "

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5. Posted by Editor, 07/02/2022 15:00

"@ Italian Job

Re: Well, that wasn't very painful, was it? Two days of virtual meeting attended from the comfort of his WFH office chair.

What with, Ginger playing her Greatest Hits on 11 while sorting out frocks for the next time the paparazzi catches her 'off guard'.

Give me that windswept, soggy marshalling post any day."

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6. Posted by Italian Job, 07/02/2022 14:36

"Well, that wasn't very painful, was it?
Two days of virtual meeting attended from the comfort of his WFH office chair. How the heck is he going to appreciate aspects of marshalling from there? How many marshals attended this two day event? For that matter, when is the last time Gary Connelly, Derek Warwick, Johnny Herbert and others spent a day out in the wind and the rain on a marshalling post?
Sorry, rant over."

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