This prompted former driver Albers to criticise Horner on his approach of revealing this information, arguing that it was simply unprofessional.
"You know whether it happened or not, that is actually secretly not relevant at all,” said Albers on De Telegraaf’s F1 podcast. "What is relevant is the professionalism you have to exude as a team.
“If you have such a big team under your belt and you are team boss there with such good results, you don't need this at all. I think it's just not done. Long story short: I just find it very unprofessional.
“You have to make sure you are classy and that this stays within the living rooms. You shouldn't bring things like this out, because now other drivers do watch out, they will think twice if they are with a team like Ferrari or Mercedes or another top team and they start talking to another team."
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