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Christian Horner Defends Red Bull For Breaking The Law At Baku, Defies Analysts

Red Bull had another successful Grand Prix this season. Christian Horner must be proud of his team, as they won four consecutive races this season. It was another success for the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. In Red Bull’s history, it was their 25th one-two finish at a Grand Prix. There is no stopping them as they have got the fastest car on the grid.

In the qualifying rounds, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc raised hopes of displaying an excellent performance. Ferrari fans thought Leclerc might go for the win after a disappointing start for the season. Charles did much better in Baku but could not beat the Red Bull drivers. They were just too good. However, Red Bull has not been devoid of controversies. It has just been that kind of hegemony for the Austrian team. Lately, in Baku, Sky Sports’ Ted Kravitz accused Red Bull of violating an FIA rule.


Red Bull Boss Counters The Argument Of The Sky Sports Men

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Christian Horner Red Bull Source: Planet Sport

At first, it was breaching the cost cap in 2021. Red Bull had to pay a penalty of $7 million and a 10% reduction in wind tunnel time for that. Furthermore, some rivals, like the Ferrari boss, commented that the punishment was not enough. Moreover, there has been a new controversy after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Ted Kravitz, an F1 pundit on Sky Sports, pointed out that Red Bull violated safety protocols. After Checo claimed P1 and Verstappen finished P2, the Red Bull’s team engineers climbed the wall to celebrate.

This act was a direct violation of the FIA rules, as article 2.3.2 states, “No personnel can climb the fences of the pit wall debris at any point in time. If this law is violated, then the information will be sent to the stewards.” Hence, the two Sky Sports men, Ted Kravitz and David Croft were stunned to see the Red Bull’s mechanics running towards the fence before the drivers crossed the finishing line. In his team’s defense, Christian Horner suggested that the engineers did not violate any law as their feet were still on the concrete wall. Red Bull’s boss mentioned, “The regulations are pretty clear, and the team manager spoke to the mechanics about that before the race.” Horner suggests the mechanics celebrated well under the limits.

Horner Tries To Shift The Attention To Alpine’s Awkward Moment

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Christian Horner Red Bull Source: Autosport

On the other hand, Christian Horner tried to shift the radar of controversy on the Alpine driver Esteban Ocon. The Alpine driver had to pit on the last lap as it was mandatory. But the journalists and crew of media covered the whole pit lane. Esteban Ocon almost had a terrible collision as he was inching closer to the pit lane.

It was a very awkward situation for FIA, the governing body. Horner mentioned, “That is a valid incident that needs to be reviewed. Ocon was within his rights to stop for a pit.” However, Red Bull had a pretty good Grand Prix in Baku for three years in a row. Sergio Perez became the very first driver to win two Grands Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan.