Horner backs decision to race, sport ‘shouldn’t be bullied’

Horner backs decision to race, sport ‘shouldn’t be bullied’

Christian Horner helps Components 1’s choice to proceed with the Saudi Arabian GP weekend, saying sport “shouldn’t be bullied”.

Spherical two of the 2022 championship, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, was thrown into chaos on Friday when Yemen’s Houthi insurgent group launched a missile assault on an oil facility simply 9 miles away from the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

The assault came about throughout Friday’s first apply resulting in a 15-minute delay to the beginning of FP2 because the drivers and group bosses met F1 president Stefano Domenicali and the FIA’s Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

A second assembly was held after FP2, that one lasting 4 hours with Components 1’s bosses ultimately placing to mattress threats from the drivers to boycott the remainder of the race weekend.

Domenicali got here out of that assembly declaring “we are going to race”.

Crimson Bull group boss Horner says that’s the proper choice.

“I feel the game has to face collectively collectively,” stated the Briton.

“Any act of terrorism can’t be condoned, and the game shouldn’t be bullied right into a place {that a} scenario like that simply isn’t acceptable.

“Stefano and the president, they’re coping with it, and there have been all of the assurances from the organisers and we will probably be going to race.”

McLaren group boss Andreas Seidl stated the drivers and group bosses had been assured by Domenicali that there have been “no security considerations” however admits he’s nonetheless apprehensive.

“It was a really worrying scenario for all of us,” he advised Sky Germany. “So it was simply necessary to have the dialogue with Components 1 to grasp what info they’ve.

“Stefano assured us that the authorities listed below are conscious of the incident have investigated and that there are not any security considerations with the continuation of the occasion right here, so we’re counting on that info and that’s why we went again to the pits.”

He added: “After all it isn’t reassuring while you hear about an incident like this that isn’t removed from the observe. However we now merely should depend on the data that we have now obtained.

“We now have confidence that Components 1 will make the best choices.”

As for Williams CEO Jost Capito, he insisted that he nonetheless feels “secure” and believes his complete group is simply too.

“It was mentioned how safety is right here,” he stated. “We had been assured that it’s secure wherever there are folks and that there have been many assaults, however in areas which might be uninhabited.

“Even all of the ministers are right here and in the event that they aren’t was a secure place, they would definitely be the primary to not be there.


“I really feel secure. If I didn’t really feel secure, then I wouldn’t really feel secure for the entire group as a result of I’ve accountability for the entire group. There was no discrepancy the drivers and groups.

“I feel it’s the best place to drive this weekend as a result of we’re all right here. If that’s the case, it ought to have been mentioned beforehand.”



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