Christian Horner summoned to the stewards for sporting code breach

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After the Qatar Grand Prix Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has been summoned to the stewards for an alleged breach of the FIA International Sporting Code.

In the FIA’s notes it says Horner is allegedly in breach of Article 12.2.1 f) and 12.2.1 k) of the FIA International Sporting Code.

Article 12.2.1 f) states:

“Any words, deeds or writings that have caused moral injury or loss to the FIA, its bodies, its members or its executive officers, and more generally on the interest of motor sport and on the values defended by the FIA.”

Article 12.2.1 k) states:

“Any Misconduct towards: • licence-holders, • officials, • officers or member of the staff of the FIA, • members of the staff of the Organiser or promoter, • members of the staff of the Competitors, • doping control officials or any other person involved in a doping control carried out in accordance with Appendix A.”

It was later revealed Horner was summoned because of his pre-race comments, when he said a “rogue marshal” was responsible for Max Verstappen’s five-place grid penalty.


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“I think it’s just a rogue marshal that’s stuck a flag out and he’s not been instructed to by the FIA,” Horner said.

“They’ve got to have control of their marshals, it’s as simple as that because that’s a crucial blow in this world championship for us.”

UPDATE: Horner has been issued an official warning. Here is the explanation from the FIA:

“He explained that his reaction was one that was made under the pressure of competition following the penalty imposed on the driver of Car 33. The stewards explained that the marshal concerned was doing his job in precisely the manner prescribed in the International Sporting Code.

“Mr. Horner offered to apologize to the marshal concerned and to explain to the media that he meant no offense. He also offered to participate in the 2022 FIA International Stewards Program in early February. The stewards unreservedly accept Mr. Horner’s offer.”

He has since publicly apologized to the marshal and the FIA.

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