Horner thinks stewards’ decisions should not be influenced by anyone

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 18: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner looks on from the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 18, 2021 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Christian Horner disapproves of Toto Wolff’s efforts to persuade the stewards not to give Lewis Hamilton a penalty.

One of the key moments during the red flag period, caused by the Verstappen/Hamilton crash, was conversations between the teams and the race control. Red Bull’s team principal Horner was not happy with how his counterpart Wolff behaved in that situation.

“I saw Toto who was lobbying the stewards, which I heard he was going to do. So I went to make sure that our view was represented because I don’t think it’s right, that team principals should be able to go and lobby the stewards,” he said.

“They should be locked away so that they’re not influenced. For me, that was unacceptable that he had gone out there to lobby the stewards.

“So I wanted to make sure that there was a balanced opinion given, rather than trying to influence pressure on the stewards to make a menial sentence.

“I don’t think that stewards should be interfered with. They need to be in there clear-headed to be able to make those decisions,” he added.

“I went to see the stewards because I heard that Toto was up there presenting a case and you want it to be fair and balanced because I don’t think anybody should be allowed to see the stewards during the course of a Grand Prix.”

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