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Christian Horner

Horner blasts Austria track limits debacle: 'We look amateurish'

Multiple drivers received penalties in the Austrian Grand Prix, with 47 laps being chalked off in Qualifying.

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Christian Horner feels that Formula 1 must address track limits, branding the Austrian Grand Prix as "amateurish."

In Qualifying, 47 laps were chalked off for drivers exceeding track limits at Turns 9 and 10, with a clutch of drivers receiving warnings, black and white flags and then five-second time penalties in the race itself, including Lewis Hamilton and Carlos Sainz.

Neither of Horner's two drivers, Max Verstappen or Sergio Perez received any sanction but the Red Bull boss felt action needs to be taken over the perpetual problem at the circuit.

Horner on track limits

Drivers are often found guilty of exceeding the track limits at the double fast right-hander which ends the lap in Spielberg.

They are given a number of warnings before being issued with a black and white flag before another offence earns a five-second time penalty.

In the early stages, Lando Norris complained that Hamilton had repeatedly gone off the track, with the Mercedes driver the first to pick up the sanction - although it did not change his finishing position of seventh.

"I think it needs to be looked at, because it makes us look a little bit amateurish," Horner told Sky Sports F1.

"With so many drivers breaking those limits, for next year, there might be a bit of gravel on the other side of the kerb - it just needs tidying up."

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