Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has started his “punishment” from the Formula 1 weekend in Qatar and completed an FIA training program for sports officials. Horner agreed to take part in such a program after calling a marshal a “rogue marshal” in Doha, which translates to evil or villainous in German.
The statements came after a penalty against Max Verstappen, who disregarded a double-waved yellow flag in qualifying at the Losail International Circuit and received five penalties and two penalty points. Horner doubted that the sports director acted correctly and used these words in a TV interview.
The FIA took the incident seriously and appointed Horner to the stewards on race day, who saw a violation of the International Sporting Code.
The Code states that “any word, deed or writing which has caused moral harm to the FIA, its organs, its members or its officers and, more generally, to the interests of motor sport and the values defended by the FIA” constitutes a breach of the represent rules.
Horner explained that his reaction was due to the pressure of the World Championship match and offered to apologize to the marshal and explain this to the media. He also offered to take part in the FIA’s International Stewards Programme, which the stewards accepted and Horner got off with an official warning.
Horner participates in panel discussion
The two-day program last weekend was held virtually and saw many marshals from many motorsport disciplines come together. Also present as guest speakers were Formula 1 Commissioners Garry Connelly and Tim Mayer. Horner himself also spoke about his role as Red Bull team boss and the relationship between the racing team and the FIA.
He also took part in a panel discussion dedicated to the topic of stewarding, chaired by Formula 1 Racing Director Michael Masi. Also on the podium were Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, former Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa, Toyota WRC boss Jari-Matti Latvala and Ford’s rally driver Adrien Fourmaux.
The two-day program was preceded by a separate race directors’ seminar the week before, attended by Masi, Formula E’s Scot Elkins and the new FIA Deputy President Robert Reid, among others.