Red Bull boss Horner says F1 rules to blame for radio moans
|By Jonathan Noble||Monday, July 7th 2014, 09:47 GMT|
Red Bull boss Christian Horner thinks excessive Formula 1 regulations were to blame for the radio moans from Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso during the British Grand Prix.
Vettel and Alonso were locked in a thrilling battle for fifth position during the closing stages of the Silverstone race, as they fought wheel-to-wheel for several laps.
But their fight was overshadowed by a series of complaints from both men about their rival abusing track limits, closing the door or using DRS outside the allowed zones.
Horner believes that the racing between them was hard but fair, and says that the pair were only complaining so much because they wanted the other man to be punished.
"The two guys were going at it hammer and tongs, and it was great racing," said Horner.
"The problem is that they have introduced all these rules about circuit limits.
"They are both professionals, so they are both going to be pointing out the errors of the other."
Although Red Bull itself communicated with F1 race director Charlie Whiting about Alonso abusing track limits at Copse and Club, Horner actually thinks it would have been wrong to punish either driver for what they did.
"They were both on the limit," he said. "It was six of one, and half a dozen of the other.
"I think it would be wrong to penalise them. Fernando was benefiting at Turns 9 [Copse] and 18 [Club] constantly, which Sebastian was quick to point out, and Sebastian was doing whatever he could to try to pass him.
"We raised it to Charlie, and I am sure Ferrari were raising it about Sebastian. So hats off to the FIA and the stewards for allowing the drivers to get on and race."