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Red Bull Racing

Horner defends Sky snub due to 'derogatory' and 'sensationalised' comments

Christian Horner has defended Red Bull's decision to turn down Sky interviews this weekend, believing their 'unfair' commentary was 'sensationalised'.

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Christian Horner has defended Red Bull's decision to reject all media interviews for Sky TV at the Mexican Grand Prix.

Earlier in the weekend, RacingNews365 learned that Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and the entire Red Bull Racing team were refusing to be interviewed on any of the Sky Sports channels.

It was understood from Red Bull sources that this was mostly related to comments made by a Sky broadcaster, believed to be Ted Kravitz, related to the controversial conclusion to last season's championship.

Speaking after Red Bull's Mexican GP victory, Horner confirmed that Red Bull's ongoing concerns came to a head at the previous race in Austin, and that the team had become discontent at some of the comments on Verstappen's 2021 championship win.

"We're obviously just disappointed with a series of derogatory comments that have been made on Sky, so we felt that this weekend we would just take a break," Horner told media, including RacingNews365.

"It wouldn't do Sky any harm us taking a break this weekend. There needs to be a balance in commentary.

"Some of the commentary's excellent, but some of the pieces, there's too much sensationalisation being done and we stand together as a team.

"We've been very clear, and it's not just been Sky UK, it has been across all of the Sky channels, Germany, Italy.

"It was just for this weekend it was just to register our discontent in some of the less impartial comments that are made, or accusations that are sometimes made, as TV seems to be becoming ever more sensationalised."

Horner: Sky boycott will be a one-off

The original comments from the Red Bull team commented that the Sky TV refusal would be 'until further notice'.

However, when asked about the duration of the snub, Horner confirmed that it would last for one race only.

"At the next race, service will be resumed," continued Horner.

"We just wanted to lay down a marker and say certain things aren't acceptable and, as a team, we stand together, and we stand united as a team.

"An accusation of championships being robbed is something that we don't feel is an impartial commentary. So, we don't feel that is in any way fair or balanced.

"Red Bull are a cheap target sometimes."

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