Christian Horner has refused to be involved in whether Sergio Perez intentionally crashed in Monaco amid threats of an FIA investigation. Perez’s turn in Q3 became the focus of the debate after Max Verstappen suggested that he had reasons for not following team orders in Brazil last weekend.
The problem is speculated to come down to Perez’s Monaco bypass which, according to the Dutchman, could have been on purpose. The defending champions have refused to confirm whether Monaco was at fault, but hinted that his decision to ignore the rule stemmed from a previous incident between the pair.
However, Horner refused to talk about the Monaco incident at Saturday’s press conference before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Instead, the team boss deflected the crash question, revealing that the team was fully focused on helping Perez secure second in the drivers’ championship.
He explained: “Look, it was discussed in private between the drivers and the team. It was clear between the two drivers, and it’s clear what our goals are for this race.
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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has denied that Silver Arrows wants the FIA to conduct an investigation. The Austrian stressed that he did not believe Perez crashed on purpose due to the risk of damaging the gearbox for Sunday’s race.
Meanwhile, FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem hinted that the governing body would be prepared to review the incident. He told Autosport: “I didn’t have anybody saying we wanted to look into it from our side.
“But if there is something to investigate, we are more than happy. One thing I would really say, I’m not shy or afraid to lead or go in if there’s a problem. I won’t hide I’ll be even raising my hand and saying [if] there is a problem with the FIA”.
It could be Red Bull’s second investigation in as many months after the team was found guilty of breaching F1’s cost cap rules after the Japanese Grand Prix. The builder was hit with a 10 per cent reduction in wind tunnel development and CFD testing after it was found to have spent more money than allowed by regulations.
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