Christian Horner says that his Red Bull team focussed on the sport in Bahrain over the weekend despite the obvious distractions that surrounded the event.
“We’ve focussed on motor racing this weekend,” said Horner, who had a chat with the FIA’s Jean Todt after the flag. “We’ve tried to come here to focus on the fourth Grand Prix of the year and that’s exactly what we’ve done. All the races carry the same points. It’s a great team performance for us and we now head back to Europe leading the championship, but it’s obviously been a difficult weekend for the sport. We focussed on what we were here to do.”
Asked about the criticism that the sport has faced in the media around the world, Horner said: “I think ultimately F1 has received an awful lot of attention this week, and it’s very easy to have opinions.
“It’s a sporting championship at the end of the day, there’s 20 races, we’ve come here, we’ve done our best and we’ve won the race that we so nearly won two years ago had it not been for a spark plug. We now need to move on and focus on the next race.”
He did not want to be drawn into a discussion on whether Bahrain should be on the calendar.
“We are competitors at the end of the day and we enter the championship, and we trust in the governing body to make the right decisions. It’s not for the teams to dictate what the calendar is, it never has been. That is not the role of the teams. We enter a championship to do all the races and we trust the judgements of the commercial rights holder and the ultimately the FIA who are responsible for the safety not just of the drivers but the spectators, the participants and everybody at a Grand Prix.
“I think it’s difficult because you see an awful lot of enthusiasm for F1 in areas of the country, and it’s not right for F1 to be dragged into a political debate. It’s deemed to be political if you race, it’s deemed to be political if you don’t. Our focus has been very much in coming here to do a job which we’ve done, and which I’m delighted to see that we have.”