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Horner Vettel marko

Horner: Ferrari should shut the book on it and move on

Horner Vettel marko

Red Bull team chief Christian Horner is surprised that Ferrari are asking for Sebastian Vettel’s penalty for aggressive defensive driving during the Mexican Grand Prix to be reviewed in the light of “new evidence” that has allegedly emerged.

Horner told Sky Sport in Brazil, “I’m a bit surprised that it’s come about. I don’t know what the new evidence is but it must be fairly compelling. Ferrari must think it’s fairly strong.”

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“Maybe there’s some new evidence you never know that might come about Max’s penalty. Maybe we’ll get him back on the podium or maybe we’ll have another look on Monaco or some of the other races,” said Horner, clearly hinting that the affair could open a nasty can of worms for Formula 1.

“It’s fairly strange to be going back like this. You shut the book on it, you have to accept what the referee’s decisions are and move on,” said Horner.

Ironically the penalty dished out to Vettel in Mexico came as a result of him battling on track with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. The rule he broke was the so called ‘Verstappen Rule’ brought about after drivers insisted on clarity regarding defensive tactics – of which Vettel was one of the most vocal.

Horner added, “It’s almost that you have a rule that drivers are not allowed to race because we’re regulating so much. And so much fuss has been made over Max’s moves that they may come up and they’re putting more regulations.”

“And obviously they’ve applied these regulations and penalties have been given. I think the rules are too confusing for us competitors to know what is legal and what is not, let alone how on earth you convey that to the fans?” concluded Horner.