Updated: 31/07/2012 10:03 | By pa.press.net

Horner dismisses bad-boy tag



Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel was punished by the stewards at the German GP

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel was punished by the stewards at the German GP

Christian Horner has dismissed suggestions his Red Bull team have become the 'bad boys' of Formula One.

The Milton Keynes-based marque twice found themselves in front of the Hockenheim stewards either side of Sunday's German Grand Prix. Beforehand the team were called to face questions relating to a technical matter, narrowly avoiding punishment as although the stewards did not accept all the arguments, they had not broken the rules as they are written.

Post-race, reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel was handed a retrospective drive-through penalty for exceeding track limits in overtaking Jenson Button on the penultimate lap. The addition of 20 seconds to his race time resulted in Vettel dropping from second to fifth, losing eight points in the process.

Defending his team from a bad-boy accusation, Horner said: "Unfortunately when you have a quick car it's inevitable questions are asked, and Formula One is a competitive business at the end of the day.

"Initially we were called to the stewards to have a discussion about some technicalities on the car. But the rules are pretty black and white, and having listened and looked at the data the stewards were fully satisfied.

"That's the nature of Formula One, and you are always going to get other teams who are going to speculate.

"As for Sebastian, the stewards ruled he gained an unfair advantage, and the only penalty available to them is the equivalent of a drive-through, which is 20 seconds.

"The penalty doesn't fit the crime, even if in our opinion there was no crime, so to have a 20-second penalty was a bit harsh. It was very disappointing, but we have to take it on the chin."

That particular incident leaves Vettel 44 points adrift of leader Fernando Alonso in the season standings after the Spaniard's victory at Hockenheim, with Mark Webber 34 points behind.

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11Comments
24/07/2012 11:37
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Redbull is turning into a collective bunch of of bold-faced liars. Post-race, Sebastian said "he respected Button so much that was trying to leave him enough room by veering the the left as he couldnt see him." What rubbish - I do PR for a living but it doesn't take a genius to spot that type of BS, whereas Button simply refused to comment. Redbull PR needs to tell their drivers to shut-up and drive...
24/07/2012 11:41
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you have a quick car because of dodgy mapping stop bull------- us all we are not stupid
24/07/2012 01:17
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Horner lives with rose tinted glasses the track is a specific shape with boundaries and if you go wider and off the track you can keep your foot flat on the accelerator so its cheating full stop. however all drivers cut corners go over kerbs etc so it is maybe time they were all ordered to a meeting and told if you go over the line even just part of the tyre then your disqualified unless you spin off etc lets see who can actually do a lap without cheating
25/07/2012 14:39
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Vettel was constantly running "wide" gaining an advantage during the race - overtaking Button was not the only occasion
25/07/2012 22:44
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Horner was cool when he said that there was no rule in the book to say that you cannot unlap yourself. Well done Christian......between the lines saying...Vetel grow up !
25/07/2012 22:41
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Just think...grow up. They are all brilliant drivers....racing drivers so racing is in their blood. He should have let Hamilton through as he was no threat. 
24/07/2012 13:50
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If the stewards did not accept Redbulls argument, in what way did Redbull not break the rules as they are written? In fact, if they hadnt broken the rules as written, why did they need to go to the stewards to put forward an argument at all? All sounds very dodgy!
27/07/2012 13:27
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I think that all of the people who are connected with, say Sebastion Vettel, to name but only one dodgy F1 driver, forget that us, the watching and paying public are listening to them as they comment on their drivers performances.Or to put it another way, I think that as an avid watcher of F1 I think I have the intelligence to  determine when, say a "swerving" by say, Vettel at the start of a race to stop an overtake is nothing but a blatent block.Or say when that much loved Mr Schumacher forces people in the barriers as does the new sensation Maldenardo as has Massa etc etc.To summerise,Stop insulting our intelligence Messrs Jordan,and the rest of you biased commentators.Let the best, honest racers win,leagally and support them when they do so.
05/08/2012 11:06
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to al you so called f1 fans hitting vetel in the bolloks for the so called ilegal overtake on button , if he had not gone of track when he did he would have hit button right up the arse, so come on give the lad a chance .

26/08/2012 12:31
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simple rule to follow, NO OVERTAKING OFF THE TRACK !
and they still wonder why they got a 20 seconds penalty, doh !

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