The comments were not warmly welcomed by the FIA, which duly summoned Horner to the stewards’ office as soon as the flag fell at Losail for allegedly breaching the International Sporting Code – specifically Articles 12.2.1 f) and 12.2 .1k. ), in relation to the behavior of competitors.
The two articles concerned state that there is an offense if a competitor has uttered: “Any words, acts or writings having caused prejudice or moral prejudice to the FIA, its bodies, its members or its leaders, and more generally in the interest of motorsport and on the values defended by the FIA.
After apologizing to the stewards, Horner received a warning.
“Team Manager (Christian Horner)[…]explained that his reaction was that which was made under the pressure of the competition following the penalty imposed on the driver of car 33,” reads an FIA statement.
“The stewards explained that the marshal concerned was doing his job precisely in the manner prescribed by the International Sporting Code.
“Mr. Horner offered to apologize to the marshal concerned and to explain to the media that he did not mean anything.
“He has also offered to take part in the 2022 FIA International Stewards Program in early February.”
Before the hearing, Horner apologized when he was interviewed by Sky after the race.
“Some of the comments from our previous interview where you asked me about the rally – the stewards are doing a wonderful, wonderful job and the volunteers, they are doing a great job and my frustration with what I expressed earlier was not that of a commissioner. [fault] it was a circumstance and so if an offense was committed by an individual, obviously I apologize,” he said.
When Damon Hill hinted that Horner is “pretty hard-hitting” with comments he makes in the media, the Red Bull boss replied: “I’m straight, I tell you what I think. If I think you you’re an a***, I’ll tell you that you’re an a***.
Tensions are rising in the F1 paddock as the title fight between Mercedes and Red Bull intensifies, with Horner earlier this week accusing the Brackley team of breaking the rules by using an alleged flexible wing, claiming that the team’s speed was “not normal”.