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Christian Horner

Horner set to serve Qatar GP punishment

Christian Horner will serve his punishment on Sunday for an outburst against the stewards at last year's Qatar Grand Prix.

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Christian Horner is set to attend the FIA's two-day International Stewards' Seminar this weekend, which was opened by newly-elected FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem in Geneva on Saturday.

Horner's participation at the hybrid live and video conference follows a hearing into his outburst against race officials during the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix weekend.

The Red Bull team boss will appear and speak as part of Sunday's agenda.

The annual meeting addresses and refreshes various key points for those involved in the stewarding of all FIA championships. Participants are set for a series of overviews and case studies from previous F1 and other championship seasons.

Horner offers to attend the stewards' seminar

Horner was given a formal warning by stewards during November's Qatar Grand Prix.

He was summoned after the race for incendiary comments alleging a "rogue marshal" had shown double waved yellow flags to Max Verstappen on his final flying lap in qualifying.

The resulting penalty saw Verstappen demoted five places on the starting grid.

Race Director Michael Masi reported Horner to the stewards after learning of the comments.

"I was advised of them and referred Christian," Masi told RacingNews365.com during his post-race briefing.

"Christian was very apologetic for his comments and as part of that obviously the stewards' decision was very straightforward."

Horner's apology over the incident

Horner also subsequently apologised on Sky Sports and was let off with a warning.

"The stewards explained that the marshal concerned was doing his job in precisely the manner prescribed in the International Sporting Code," read a statement from the stewards after the hearing.

"Mr. Horner offered to apologise to the marshal concerned and to explain to the media that he meant no offence. He also offered to participate in the 2022 FIA International Stewards Programme in early February.

"The stewards unreservedly accept Mr. Horner's offer."

Chaired by top-level FIA officials, the agenda for the sixth edition of the programme includes modules on procedures, rights of review and appeals, and a competitor panel.

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