Mexico "debacle" prompted US GP Verstappen penalty - Horner

Red Bull's Christian Horner has blamed the "debacle" of last year’s Mexican Grand Prix – where a raft of post-race penalties changed the podium three times – for the rush to punish Max Verstappen in Austin.

Mexico "debacle" prompted US GP Verstappen penalty - Horner
Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Principal
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13, celebrates as he crosses the line ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari celebrates his third position on the podium
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13
Max Verstappen, Red Bull, celebrates with his team in Parc Ferme
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13

Verstappen was stripped of his third-place finish in the United States Grand Prix after the FIA ruled he had overtaken Kimi Raikkonen by running off the track. The five-second penalty he was handed dropped him to fourth.

That decision prompted widespread criticism over the lack of consistency from the stewards, and left Verstappen himself furious that rules were ‘killing the sport’.

Red Bull boss Horner was especially angry that the snap decision meant there was no way for Verstappen to explain himself – and thinks this was a legacy of what happened in Mexico last year.

Back then, Verstappen was handed a similar post-race penalty for cutting the track and removed from the pre-podium room

But Sebastian Vettel, who moved ahead of him for third, was later penalised for moving under braking – which meant Daniel Ricciardo was eventually classified third.

Horner said: “I think they [the stewards] were desperate to get the right people on the podium, but then they jumped to a conclusion without considering all of the facts.

“After Mexico last year where there was at least one steward that was involved in that decision, and it was agreed that to avoid the debacle of Mexico - where there were three different people appearing on the podium - to take a breath. To understand and listen to the drivers.

“And I think, as I say, if you look at the consistency of decision-making, that is what is disappointing.”

The steward referred to is the FIA’s Garry Connelly, who Verstappen spoke out against in the wake of another decision going against him.

When asked if he felt that certain stewards were biased against Verstappen, Horner said: “I think that it is unfortunate that Max has been the recipient now twice that he has been in the green room and extracted.

“I think he handled that with great dignity, but I am not going to be drawn into personal issues with stewards.”

Pushed on the dignity claim, with Verstappen having called a steward an ‘idiot’, Horner replied: “I think that he has the right to express himself. In any sport, emotions run high and that is part of what sport is. If he said he was happy with that decision, I would be amazed.”

shares
comments
United States GP: Best team radio quotes

Previous article

United States GP: Best team radio quotes

Next article

Russian racer Shwartzman joins Ferrari's junior programme

Russian racer Shwartzman joins Ferrari's junior programme
Load comments
The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team Prime

The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team

Emerson Fittipaldi is better remembered for his Formula 1 world championships and Indianapolis 500 successes than for the spell running his eponymous F1 team. Despite a hugely talented roll call of staff, it was a period of internal strife, limited funding and few results - as remembered by Tim Wright.

Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence Prime

Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence

In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? Stuart Codling talks to the man in charge.

Formula 1
Oct 17, 2021
How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Prime

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

Formula 1
Oct 15, 2021
The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages Prime

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

Formula 1
Oct 14, 2021
How F1’s pole winner approach undermines drivers Prime

How F1’s pole winner approach undermines drivers

OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history

Formula 1
Oct 13, 2021
Turkish Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Turkish Grand Prix driver ratings

On a day that the number two Mercedes enjoyed a rare day in the sun, the Turkish Grand Prix produced several standout drives - not least from a driver who has hit a purple patch of late

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for Turkey glory Prime

The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for Turkey glory

Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form Prime

How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form

A Formula 1 pitstop is a rapid-fire blend of high technology and human performance. PAT SYMONDS describes how the science of margin gains makes stops so quick

Formula 1
Oct 10, 2021