Horner was dissatisfied with the many decisions made by current F1 race director Michael Masi during the Jeddah race. This included a 5th grid penalty that would ultimately cost money. Max Verstappen Chance to win.
Horner felt it wasn’t a good night for the sport, including a night when Mashi made a big call to the red flag, returned to position, bartered for Red Bull in the grid slot, and decided to overtake off-track.
Many recent decisions by Mashi have already disagreed among competitors, and Horner felt that the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix revealed what was lacking in sport after the 2019 Whiting pass.
When asked about Verstappen’s comment that the call made at the Saudi event was not F1, Horner said:
“There is a rule about the length of 10 cars, and if it’s a restart, the formation lap is not a formation lap. I feel like there are too many rules.
“Today, the sport felt like I missed Charlie Whiting. I’m sorry, but his experience is …
“It’s obviously frustrating, but yeah, it’s difficult for Michael. [Masi] And there are stewards, especially this type of venue, circuit type, debris amount and corner type, but yes, it’s the same for everyone. “
Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing interview David Coulthard
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Horner questioned the consistency of the FIA’s decision-making process, saying Hamilton ignored the yellow flag, including Mashi’s decision against Verstappen, including returning him for a second restart and a five-second penalty. In contrast to escaping the sanctions imposed, conflict with Nikita Mazepin At the last free practice session on Friday.
“Obviously, almost every decision opposed us, as we did in Doha a few weeks ago,” he said. “Then two incidents happened yesterday … no change, to say the least.”
Horner admitted that the intensity of the event at the Saudi Arabian race, including the management of many debris on the track, was not easy to manage.
But he thought there was a great lesson to be learned from what happened in Jeddah.
“I think it was a tough race for them to manage today,” he said of race control. “Clearly there was a lot of debris, there was a lot of traffic back and forth while controlling various incidents in the race, and then the safety car, the virtual safety car restarted.
“Some of the processes were clearly difficult to track, so I think there are many lessons from that race that will be discussed in detail over the next few weeks.”
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