Horner: Stewards should be 'locked away' from team bosses

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Horner: Stewards should be 'locked away' from team bosses

Red Bull's Christian Horner says team bosses should not be allowed to visit F1's stewards and potentially exercise undue influence when an incident is under review.

Last Sunday's controversial on-track clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton led to both Red Bull Racing and Mercedes team representatives calling FIA race director Michael Masi during the race's red flag period to cast their unilateral view on the high-profile incident.

But when Mercedes boss Toto Wolff offered to argue his case directly to the stewards, and Masi accepted, an angry Horner took exception with the Austrian's initiative.

"I saw Toto, who was lobbying the stewards, which I heard he was going there so I went there to make sure our view was represented," recounted Horner after the race.

"I don’t think it’s right that team principals go up there to lobby the stewards.

"They should be locked away so they’re not influenced and for me that was unacceptable that he had gone up there to lobby the stewards.

"I wanted to make sure there was a balanced opinion given, rather than trying to influence pressure on the stewards to make a menial sentence.

"I don’t think anyone should be allowed to see the stewards during the course of a Grand Prix."

On the opposing side of the stewards' office, Wolff justified his decision to personally deliver his view on events.

"I was told that there was a rant on the radio to Michael about all the badness in the world, and then I went up and gave my opinion," Wolff sarcastically said, referring to Horner's earlier radio communication with Masi.

"I’ve been to the stewards many times."

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Masi stated that he had no objections with a team boss interacting directly with the stewards.

"If we have an incident after the race we invite the teams and the drivers to come and appear before the stewards," he said. "And that’s one of the elements the stewards have.

"We had the case in Monza last year when Lewis went and spoke to the stewards to understand what happened and have a look at the whole picture. During the suspension, that ability exists, so there's no reason not to."

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Schumacher embraced opportunity at Silverstone to 'learn' from Vettel

Sebastian Vettel's pain in the British Grand Prix was Mick Schumacher's gain in the first half of the... The post Schumacher embraced opportunity at Silverstone to 'learn' from Vettel appeared first on F1i.com.

Schumacher embraced opportunity at Silverstone to 'learn' from Vettel

Sebastian Vettel's pain in the British Grand Prix was Mick Schumacher's gain in the first half of the race as the Haas rookie sought to learn from his mentor while running behind the Aston Martin driver.

A wheel-to-wheel battle for sixth position between Vettel and Alpine's Fernando Alonso on the opening lap after the race's restart ended with a spin for the four-time world champion at Luffield.

It was a costly mishap for Vettel who was engulfed by the field and forced to chase from behind. The Aston Martin driver quickly overtook Nikita Mazepin to find himself behind Schumacher.

The Haas charger was overhauled by Vettel in short order, but then enjoyed his front row seat to his countryman's race, and he took notes.

"Obviously unfortunately I saw that his race didn’t go as planned either, that’s very unfortunate," Schumacher said. "

"Therefore I didn’t challenge him in any way because I knew he was going to go faster. So I was rather trying to learn from him than impede him."

While Vettel retired on lap 40 due to an overheating problem, Schumacher pressed on. But the 22-year-old was overtaken by Mazepin as the race reached its halfway point, and the Russian beat his teammate to the checkered flag for the second time this season.

But after the race, Schumacher reckoned he had perhaps been too cautious with his tyre management on his second stint.

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"It was not easy," admitted Schumacher. "I think we were unfortunately struggling a bit with tyres and the approach that we had.

"We’ll probably have to learn from it and try to come back stronger in Budapest again.

"We as a team were trying to not overheat the tyres in the first few laps, and it seems like Nikita was pushing a bit harder in the first few laps and still managed to keep his tyres in the window.

"So that’s something I will have to analyse why and how, because there was a lot of margin for me to go faster."

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