Red Bull team principal Christian Horner launched an astonishing tirade against the Formula 1 media yesterday as he attempted to defend Azerbaijan’s forthcoming inclusion on the calendar.
Horner, along with his counterparts in Ferrari’s Marco Mattiacci, McLaren’s Eric Boullier, Vijay Mallya from Force India, Sauber’s Monish Kaltenborn and Claire Williams from Williams, faced several tricky questions during the FIA team principals’ press conference.
When the focus switched towards why F1 ventures into areas that are suspect given the human rights record of certain countries, including Azerbaijan, Horner turned on his inquisitor, and the F1 press in general.
“This is becoming a very depressing press conference where we’re focused on the negativities,” said an exasperated Horner.
“Look, there is a calendar that comes out in October and November and we all have a choice whether we enter the world championship or not.
“All the people sitting here are racers and they are here because they are passionate about the sport and want to compete.
“If you’ve got these (other) questions then please point them at Mr (Jean) Todt (FIA president) or Mr (Bernie) Ecclestone rather than the teams.”