McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl has stated that he wants fellow Formula 1 teams to show respect to those around them in the wake of Christian Horner’s controversial outburst at the Qatar Grand Prix.
The Red Bull boss suggested that a “rogue marshal” had shown the double-waved yellow flags that resulted in Max Verstappen being given a five-place grid penalty for the race, going on to say that the FIA “have got to have control of the marshals”.
Those comments earned Horner a trip to the stewards and ultimately an official warning for breaching the FIA’s International Sporting Code – in particular, the part that relates to “any words, deeds or writings that have caused moral injury or loss to the FIA, its bodies, its members or its executive officers, and more generally on the interest of motor sport and on the values defended by the FIA”.
Horner subsequently apologised, with the FIA verdict stating that “he explained that his reaction was one that was made under the pressure of competition”, ironically so considering that he had accused rival Toto Wolff of cracking under the pressure during their press conference a couple of days earlier.
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Seidl, on the other hand, would never expect such comments to come from himself or his McLaren team.
“If you watch everything which is ongoing at the moment, it is clear, obviously, that there’s a lot at stake,” the German said when speaking to the media.
“Obviously, it is great to a certain degree for the fans, for the show – in the end it should be entertainment as well.”
“But some of the comments we’ve seen in recent weeks, it’s definitely not something I could imagine would come from us in such a situation.”
Whilst Seidl concedes that his team’s fight with Ferrari for third in the Constructors’ Championship does not carry the same pressure as the battle at the front, ultimately he expects the same level of respect to be shown by everyone.
“I think it’s very important – it doesn’t matter if you fight for wins, or if you are last – that you always keep respect for your competitors, for the FIA, for Formula 1.”
“We are in this together, and it is important that there is respect for the volunteers who help us, in the end, to put [on] these race weekends.”
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