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Horner disagrees F1 stewards are biased

BARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 23: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks in the Team Principals Press Conference during Day One of F1 Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 23, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Christian Horner has shared his thoughts about Lewis Hamilton’s comments that F1 needs unbiased stewards.

During the first day of the pre-season F1 testing in Barcelona, Hamilton assumed that the stewards could be biased towards some drivers because of their acquaintance. The Red Bull Racing team principal did not support Hamilton’s statement.

“We’ve all been on the receiving end of stewards decisions that we’ve been unhappy about. I would agree with Toto that I don’t think there’s an intended bias. I’m not aware of any stewards traveling with drivers to the races.”

At the same time, Horner said that inconsistency in the application of the rules was the main reason for recent issues in the championship.

“I think a lot of issues are to do with the regulations themselves. Because you’ve got very complicated regulations that then leave room for interpretation.

“I think the circuit limits one is an obvious one in that, in any other sport, being over a white line [means] you’re out. You have a situation like we have currently where some corners it’s okay, some corners it isn’t. I think that – for the fans and even for the teams of the drivers – it’s confusing. So what you need is clear rules which are then easier to police.

“In Mohammed [Ben Sulayem], we have a new [FIA] president who is looking to bolster the structure and to bring in the equivalent of a VAR – something that certainly the top teams have available to them. I think giving a better infrastructure for clearer decisions with clearer regulations is something that should be strived for.

“But I certainly don’t think that there was any bias from stewards during the last seasons.”

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