McLaren’s Andreas Seidl has made it plain that the team will never get engaged in public, critical exchanges like the one that resulted in the FIA issuing a warning to Red Bull’s Christian Horner.
After Red Bull teammate Christian Horner received an FIA warning at the Qatar Grand Prix, McLaren team manager Andreas Seidl urges fellow F1 teams to ensure that respect is provided to those around them.
Horner was summoned to the stewards after claiming that a “rogue marshal” had waved the double yellow flags that resulted in Max Verstappen receiving a five-place grid penalty.
Horner issued a public apology for the event after his warning, emphasizing that marshals “do a wonderful, wonderful job.”
McLaren would never make such comments
While Seidl acknowledges that the pressure of the title race had a role in the outburst, he is concerned of teams going too far with their comments, especially after the recent spat with Red Bull and Mercedes.
“If you watch everything which is ongoing at the moment, it is clear, obviously, that there’s a lot at stake,” Seidl told media. “It’s different to, say, the battles that we are in further back.
“Obviously, it is great to a certain degree for the fans, for the show – in the end it should be entertainment as well.
“But some of the comments we’ve seen in recent weeks, it’s definitely not something I could imagine would come from us in such a situation.”
“Respect is very important”
Following Horner’s comments, FIA Race Director Michael Masi defended marshals, saying that “nobody should be attacked” for doing their job.
Seidl agreed that respect is important and encouraged all teams to think about their future actions.
“I think it’s very important – it doesn’t matter if you fight for wins, or if you are last – that you always keep respect for your competitors, for the FIA, for Formula 1,” added Seidl.
“We are in this together, and it is important that there is respect for the volunteers who help us, in the end, to put [on] these race weekends.”
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