Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is unhappy Mercedes brought a barrister to the stewards’ hearing of their protests after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Silver Arrows protested both Max Verstappen and the race director Michael Masi at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. During the meetings of those protests with the FIA, Mercedes decided to bring a barrister (a type of lawyer).

Horner has now shown his discontent with the situation, stating that the situation should be considered by the governing body.

“We were summoned to the stewards’ hearing and confronted with a barrister I had last seen dealing with a tire issue that they had back in 2013 – suddenly you’re in the thick of it.

“The stewards in the room, they weren’t professional lawyers,” he continued. “There was a finance guy, the driver steward, and a local steward in there. Is it fair, then, to be faced with a QC? That can be quite intimidating.

“He’s not an operational member of the team, he’s not a Sporting Director. This is an issue that needs to be considered by the FIA. We don’t want to be taking lawyers, let alone barristers, racing.”

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