(Reuters) -Pink Bull workforce boss Christian Horner was given an official warning after he blamed a “rogue marshal” for Formulation One championship chief Max Verstappen’s grid penalty on the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix.
The Briton apologised after the race and likewise agreed to take part in a global stewards’ programme subsequent February.
Verstappen was given a five-place grid penalty, dropping him from the entrance row to seventh, after he did not sluggish for waved yellow warning flags on his flying lap on the finish of Saturday’s qualifying.
The Dutch 24-year-old ended the race in second place, his lead over Mercedes’ seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton minimize to eight factors with two races remaining in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.
Pink Bull are 5 factors behind Mercedes within the constructors’ standings.
The stewards mentioned in an announcement that the marshal involved was “doing his job in exactly the style prescribed within the Worldwide Sporting Code.”
Horner, who made his unique feedback to Sky Sports activities tv earlier than the race, returned to the broadcaster after the listening to to express regret.
“I might wish to make it clear that marshals do an exquisite, great job,” he mentioned.
“They’re volunteers, they do an awesome job. My frustration in what I voiced earlier wasn’t at marshals, it was at a circumstance.
“If any offence was taken by any particular person then clearly I apologise for that.”
Horner and his Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff have been engaged in verbal sparring for a lot of the season however the Briton denied he was feeling the stress within the depth of the championship battle.
“I feel we have really been fairly good with our feelings,” he mentioned. “I have never been pointing and swearing at cameras and that sort of factor.”
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, modifying by Ed Osmond and Pritha Sarkar)