Crimson Bull group principal Christian Horner says Components 1 missed former race director Charlie Whiting within the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Whiting died on the eve of the 2019 F1 season and was succeeded as race director by Michael Masi, who now permits sure radio messages between himself and the groups to be broadcast on the world feed. After a race that noticed a number of pink flags, Digital Security Automobile interruptions and penalties handed out to Max Verstappen, Horner says Whiting’s presence is being missed.
“I’ve stated it for too lengthy we’re over-regulated,” Horner stated. “It felt like… there’s guidelines about 10 automotive lengths however the formation lap isn’t a formation lap if it’s a restart. It appears like there are too many guidelines.
“It felt like as we speak that the game missed Charlie Whiting. I’m sorry to say however the expertise he had… it’s clearly irritating however it’s tough for Michael (Masi) and the stewards, notably at one of these venue and one of these circuit with the quantity of particles and the varieties of corners there are however it’s the identical for everyone.
“Clearly, each resolution just about went in opposition to us as we speak as they did in Doha a few weeks in the past, then we noticed two incidents yesterday… it’s been variable to say the least.”
Horner was talking earlier than Verstappen was handed an extra 10-second time penalty for inflicting a collision with Hamilton, however his principal frustration was with the way in which earlier incidents between the 2 have been dealt with. One such incident noticed Masi provide Crimson Bull the selection of dropping two positions for a restart or let the stewards determine if Verstappen needs to be punished for retaining the lead by working broad after the primary pink flag.
“It’s a bit like being down the souq [market], which was uncommon. I’ve not come throughout that beforehand. Clearly, we voiced our personal argument, I’m certain Mercedes voiced theirs. It was simply very irritating.
“We didn’t really feel that the penalty, the five-second penalty was actually warranted and positively felt Lewis simply drove up the again of Max’s automotive. Clearly, there shall be a listening to shortly however it seemed like he was simply attempting to keep away from overtaking as a result of he didn’t need to not get the DRS.
“As soon as Max had been awarded the five-second penalty the one probability to win the race was to try to construct the five-second hole, however I feel the harm that he sustained with the diffuser and the again of the automotive… it was inconceivable to drag that five-second hole.
“So then he selected to permit Lewis previous and clearly was then in a mode of attempting to get the automotive to the end as we might see a few cuts after the incident on the tires that have been fairly deep and simply ensuring you get the 18 factors moderately than no factors.”