Christian Horner has shared his opinion about a possible penalty for Max Verstappen due to a parc ferme rules violation.
Why it matters: Verstappen was called to the stewards due to allegedly touching the rear wings of his and Lewis Hamilton’s cars after qualifying.
- Horner thinks that Verstappen should not be given a penalty as there have already been too many precedents to the rule.
- The Red Bull team principal believes that the rear wing on Hamilton’s car is illegal.
What he had to say:
- “We’re waiting, I think as everybody is, to see what the outcome is, but I’d be amazed if it was [a penalty for Verstappen]. As I said, there’s so many precedents – it’s become standard practice for drivers,” Horner told Sky Sports.
- “I think as we’ve seen with many, many drivers, they sometimes have a look around to see what’s going on with other cars so that’s all it was – a bit of inquisitiveness but nothing more – we’ve seen it with drivers pulling our clutch paddles, we’ve had heads in cockpits, we’ve had front wings tested, cars pushed, cars rolled around, so it’s not something that is unusual. It’s never been brought up or even discussed previously.”
- “Well, the [Mercedes] car has been reported to the stewards because it failed the test. And the test is quite clear. I think we all saw the video footage of the car failing the test, so I can’t see how it could then be deemed to comply with the regs.”