Following a controversial finale to Q3 at the Qatar GP, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes more can be implemented to resolve yellow flags in qualifying.
After Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas were penalized at the Qatar Grand Prix, Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner feels there are “lessons to be learned” from yellow flag incidents during qualifying.
When they came across the yellow flags at the exit of the final circuit of the Losail International Circuit, brought out for Pierre Gasly’s stalled AlphaTauri, the duo were deemed to have not slowed down enough, and incurred grid penalties.
When Verstappen arrived on the scene, he was met with two yellow flags, while Bottas was ready to finish his final lap in Q3, he was met with a single yellow flag.
“The yellow flag was in accordance and the penalty was in accordance with the sporting code,” Horner told media. “[But] I think there are many lessons to be learnt from [qualifying].
“As a race team leader, you learn from every single event. I think, no doubt, the FIA will embrace that methodology as well, that you can always learn and you can always improve.”
“Other teams voice their displeasure too”
Horner was dissatisfied with the penalty, calling the marshal who waved the yellow flags “rogue.” On Sunday evening, he was summoned to the stewards and has since apologized for his comments and any offence he may have caused.
Other teams, according to Horner, have been disappointed by the FIA’s decision-making this year.
“I think we’ve seen other teams voicing visually their displeasure of the FIA as recently as Brazil,” said Horner.
“So there’s always going to be frustration, obviously, when there’s tight competition and marginal calls which can have massive impacts – just like we saw with the grid penalty.”
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