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Wolff "lobbying" of F1 stewards "unacceptable" - Horner

Wolff "lobbying" of F1 stewards "unacceptable" - Horner

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Wolff "lobbying" of F1 stewards "unacceptable" - Horner

Wolff "lobbying" of F1 stewards "unacceptable" - Horner
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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes the FIA stewards should be "locked away" to avoid F1 personnel from being unable to disrupt in-race judicial processes.

During the red-flag period that followed the lap-one crash between title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was instructed by FIA race director Michael Masi to state his case to the stewards.

Upon learning Wolff was heading to the stewards' office, Horner did likewise to ensure his voice could also be heard, however, he does not feel such a practise should be allowed.

"I saw Toto, who was lobbying the stewards, which I heard he was going to do," said Horner.

"So I went to make sure our view was represented because I don’t think it’s right that team principals should go and lobby the stewards. They should be locked away so they are not influenced.

"For me, that was unacceptable that he had gone up there to lobby them, so I wanted to make sure there was a balanced opinion given rather than put pressure on the stewards to give them a menial sentence.

"I don’t think the stewards should be interfered with. They need to be clear-headed to make those decisions.

"I went to see them because I heard Toto was up there presenting a case, and you want it to be fair and balanced. I don’t think anyone should be allowed to see them during the course of the GP."

Horner radio call prompted Wolff into action

As the red flag was thrown, radio messages from Red Bull team manager Jonathan Wheatley and Horner to Masi were aired on the world feed, with the duo incensed by the incident.

In response to this, Wolff also contacted Masi to inform him an email had been sent to state the case for Hamilton, to which he replied he "does not check" his emails during a race.

Wolff said: “I was told there was a rant on the radio to Michael about all the badness in the world, then I went up and gave my opinion.

“I think it is fair enough. I have been to the stewards many times in my life.”

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David Hazell

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Little Christian Horner sat in the corner

Complaining that Max got took out

Take a look at the replay it's easy to see

Max turned in of that there's no doubt

Marko and Horner cried foul play

Ban Hamilton for a race

Their only concern at the end of the day

Mercedes have found competitive pace

Turning a ten second penalty into a monumentous win

Is what from Lewis we expect

Gathering his toys to put back in his pram

Max said Lewis showed no respect

I'm glad you're ok Max and I mean no offence

But cut across the nose of the car on the inside

And again you'll end up in the fence.

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samagon
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this is just the natural progression of the driver saying "he came out of nowhere!" in the defense of their mistake.

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No-one is worse than Horner, except maybe Marko. Have RedBull threatened to leave F1 over this yet?

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And Horner says this after speaking to Masi about the same incident!!

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David Hazell

1tSitp9c rSfoJulyhfa nastca 1oifl5ta:0rahed0 ·

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Little Christian Horner sat in the corner

Complaining that Max got took out

Take a look at the replay it's easy to see

Max turned in of that there's no doubt

Marko and Horner cried foul play

Ban Hamilton for a race

Their only concern at the end of the day

Mercedes have found competitive pace

Turning a ten second penalty into a monumentous win

Is what from Lewis we expect

Gathering his toys to put back in his pram

Max said Lewis showed no respect

I'm glad you're ok Max and I mean no offence

But cut across the nose of the car on the inside

And again you'll end up in the fence.

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David you are so correct in your statement!

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