user icon
user icon

Horner criticizes conservative officials over qualifying rain delay

  • Published on 04 Sep 2017 12:46
  • comments 7
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Christian Horner has criticised F1's officials for being to conservative last weekend during qualifying. Five minutes into the session as the rain poured down, the red flag was brought out after the track was deemed too unsafe to drive on, confirmed by Romain Grosjean who spun off down the start/finish straight.

Qualifying was then delayed for two and a half hours while updates were dished out every 15 minutes. Fans at the track and on social media responded in anger and Horner has criticized the officials, stating that they acted too conservatively over the situation.

"To be honest, I think they acted very conservatively. I would say too conservatively," the Red Bull boss said. "Formula 1 is not a sport that requires exceptionally normal weather. From a safety standpoint it is understandable that there was some caution in this instance, but we could have got back onto the track a lot sooner," he added.

 

Fergal Walsh

Replies (7)

Login to reply
  • So true, we gone way over the top and Roman G was on the wet line partly and caused it anyway, we need danger it's not Golf, Imagine the danger at the isle of Man TT, they are going too far now on safety............

    • + 0
    • Sep 4 2017 - 13:54
    • See that misconception do bother me. We do not need more danger (I mean, who want another Bianchi any time soon?), we need more excitement. It wasnt necessarily dangerous to go during the wet weather, so by all means go.

      • + 3
      • Sep 4 2017 - 19:04
  • FatMike

    Posts: 153

    if anything it showed that race controll lacks vision. in rain or wet conditions a track simply doesnt dry or clear by waiting. It took over two hours before you saw 3 men with a broom, one with a leafblower (goddamn rly???) and a tractor with a blower....

    They could have given tracktime without sessiontime running so that cars would create the dry line. If needed with a safety car leading the train.

    • + 0
    • Sep 4 2017 - 14:40
    • A pretty good idea, actually. Though to be fair, looking at the way the track handled the water, Im not sure how much it would've helped. They really need to rethink a thing or two and prepare better for future weather like this at Monza.

      • + 0
      • Sep 4 2017 - 19:56
  • Tap

    Posts: 109

    And then we would have the rainmaster at P1

    • + 0
    • Sep 4 2017 - 18:55
  • CALLE.ITW - unless you are boring - danger is fun and why F1 is what it is, look at the isle of Man TT, bike racing, formula one is playschool in comparison to this and health and safety has gone mad.

    • + 0
    • Sep 5 2017 - 10:50
    • Maybe I am boring, since I want my favourite drivers to be alive, but there's IMO a big difference between exciting and dangerous.

      • + 0
      • Sep 6 2017 - 09:25

ES Grand Prix of Spain

Local time 

ES Grand Prix of Spain

Local time 

Related news

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

World Championship standings 2020

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team Haas F1
  • Points 153
  • Podiums 1
  • Grand Prix 107
  • Country France
  • Date of b. Apr 17 1986 (34)
  • Place of b. Geneve, France
  • Weight 71 kg
  • Length 1.80 m
Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
3 - Jul 5
Austria
10 - Jul 12
Austria
17 - Jul 19
Hungary
31 - Aug 2
United Kingdom
7 - Aug 9
United Kingdom
14 - Aug 16
Spain
28 - Aug 30
Belgium
4 - Sep 6
Italy
11 - Sep 13
Italy
25 - Sep 27
Russian
9 - Oct 11
Germany
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
3 - Jul 5
Austria Red Bull Ring
10 - Jul 12
Austria Red Bull Ring
17 - Jul 19
Hungary Hungaroring
31 - Aug 2
United Kingdom Silverstone
7 - Aug 9
United Kingdom Silverstone
14 - Aug 16
28 - Aug 30
4 - Sep 6
Italy Monza
11 - Sep 13
Italy Mugello
25 - Sep 27
Russian Sochi Autodrom
9 - Oct 11
Germany Nurburgring
See full schedule
show sidebar