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Horner unperturbed by warning over marshal comments as he fights Red Bull’s corner


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hristian Horner has no regrets after being reprimanded for criticising a marshal at the Qatar Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton came away with the win to cut Verstappen’s Formula One title-race lead to eight points, although the Dutchman was able to claw back second place and a fastest-lap point following the punishment.

“It’s a rogue marshal that stuck out a flag out. He wasn’t told to do so. This is a crucial blow in the world championship,” Horner had declared after the penalty, and his words landed him in hot water with the FIA after he was summoned to the stewards to explain his comments.

Horner got off with an official warning and also apologised to the marshal in question, and offered to participate in the 2022 FIA International Stewards Programme as a result.

But asked if his outburst showed that the pressure of a close-run title fight was getting to him, Horner said: “Not at all – watch the interview and make your own opinion.

“Everyone has a right to an opinion and I gave an opinion.”

Pushed on if he regretted his recent behaviour, he added: “Not at all, I believe in my team, I’m a straight-talker and have always conducted myself in that manner.

“I’m not an overly-emotional person, I don’t rant at camera and I think the way I have conducted myself, I have no issues with it and would do exactly the same.”

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The Dutchman started seventh following his penalty but made light work of the rest of the field to limit the damage in his enthralling battle with Hamilton.


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