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Horner lashes out at F1 media for being too negative

Jul 26, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner launched an attack on the assembled F1 media in Hungary yesterday, accusing the journalists of being too negative and not promoting the positive side of the sport.

In a frosty FIA press conference on Friday, six of the team principals faced questions about the viability of the Russian Grand Prix and the decision to take the Grand Prix of Europe to Azerbaijan in light of its human rights record.

Horner snapped after being asked whether taking Formula 1 to these countries was doing harm to the sport.

“This is becoming a very depressing press conference as we’re only focusing on the negatives,” Horner said. “Look, there’s a calendar that comes out in October or November. We all have a choice whether we enter the world championship or not.

“All the people sitting here are racers and they’re here because they’re passionate about the sport and they want to compete. When we sign up for that championship, we put out faith and trust in the promoter and the FIA and we will attend those races unless they deem it unnecessary for us to be there.

“All of you will be at those races, or the vast majority of you will be at those races, and why? Because you’re either passionate about the sport or because you earn a living out of covering the sport.

“I think it’s wrong to make Formula 1 a political statement or subject when we are a sport.”

Horner urged the media to instead focus on the positives within Formula 1, such as the fantastic racing on display, and to put any questions about the political side of the sport to FIA president Jean Todt and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

“We should be talking about the drivers in these conferences,” he said. “We should be talking about the spectacular racing that happened between our drivers.

“We should be talking about what a great race it was for Lewis Hamilton to come through the grid, yet all we do is focus on the negatives and it has to be said, it gets pretty boring for us to sit up here and field these questions.

“So how about asking some questions about what’s going to happen in the race on Sunday? What’s going to happen in qualifying tomorrow? Because if you’re got these questions, please point them at Mr. Todt or Mr. Ecclestone rather than the teams.”

The Russian Grand Prix is set to take place in Sochi on October 12th.

  1. worknman24hours - Jul 26, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Full agreement with you Horner.

  2. techmeister1 - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    The media is NOT being negative by asking what the teams feel about the race in Russia after Russia supplied the rebels with the weapons they used to shoot down a commercial airplane killing 290 innocent people. Don’t blame the media or try to distance yourself from the issue, as that is just disgraceful and disingenuous. Red B.S. Racing, Horner and Marko are experts at being scum and disingenuous.

    No decent organization would hold an F1 race in Russia in 2015 and perhaps ever after the Russian government denies the rebels downed the civilian airplane with Russian weapons. The Russian government is evil and imperialistic and killing innocent civilians is of no concern to them at all.

    F1 has no business in Russia after this unthinkable tragedy. Going there just supports a ruthless, evil government who is now a world outcast.

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