The penalty that the Dutch Max Verstappen received in the previous Qatar Grand Prix, twentieth date of the World Cup F1, enraged the team Red Bull and, mainly, to Christian horner, your manager; and Helmut Marko, advisor to the energy drink brand.
Verstappen was sanctioned with five places on the grid departure of the Qatari GP after not respecting a double yellow flag in the Saturday classification. Thus he lost second place and started seventh.
“I think it was just a rogue track marshal who raised a flag and has not been instructed by the FIA. They have to control their commissars. It is as simple as that because it is a crucial blow in this world championship for us. We started seventh on a track where you can't overtake, that's huge ”, Horner said to Sky F1.
While before the competition Marko also left everyone dumbfounded with his harsh statement made to DAZN. "It's ridiculous. The FIA cannot organize a decent classification system and they transfer their incompetence to the driver. It's something amazing", roared the former pilot.
With these statements both referents of the Austrian team violated the International Sporting Code damaging the reputation of the governing body and its officers.
After the competition, which the Englishman won Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and that had Verstappen in second place, the International Automobile Federation quoted Horner, who assured that his reaction was “Under the pressure of the competition after the sanction imposed by its pilot”.
“The stewards explained that the official in question was doing his job precisely in the manner prescribed in the International Sporting Code. Horner offered to apologize to the commissioner in question and explain to the media that he did not mean to offend anyone. He also offered to participate in the FIA 2022 International Stewards Program in early February ”, explained the FIA in a statement, where it also indicated that the team-manager received "A warning" by his attitude.
Undoubtedly, a new chapter in the intense struggle for the crown of the Maximum.