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Wolff and Horner respond to Hamilton's 'biased stewards' comments

Toto Wolff and Christian Horner have both reacted to Lewis Hamilton hinting at "biased" stewarding taking place in F1.

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The two leading Formula 1 team bosses have offered their opinion on Lewis Hamilton's suggestion of "biased" stewarding in the sport.

Hamilton made the comments during a press session in Spain on Wednesday, urging the sport to ensure "unbiased" stewards are in place, suggesting some have formed close relationships with certain drivers.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was asked for his thoughts on Hamilton's comments, with Wolff immediately seeking to downplay the impact of Hamilton's words.

"I think we need professionalism in the stewards' room," he told media, including RacingNews365.com, during a press conference shortly after Hamilton made his comments.

"I don't think there is a conscious bias, to be honest. It's intelligent people.

"But most important is, whether we talk about the race direction, the support that they will have back at base or the stewards, there needs to be a standard. This is what we deserve.

"This is what everybody expects. I think there are some very good people that we can build upon."

Wolff stressed that the biggest factor to be taken into consideration is the wording of rules, saying they should not be left open to interpretation based on an individual steward's thoughts.

"Most important, and we all have talked about it last year, it was the topic of inconsistency," he commented.

"There shouldn't be a lot of room to interpret the rules. There shouldn't be a lot of leniencies depending on what the potential outcome might be. But the rules are the rules.

"I think, as everything is being restructured, I have faith in Mohammed [Ben Sulayem, FIA President] that, going forward, we will optimise all these structures."

Horner: Confusing F1 rules need to be made clearer

Christian Horner, sitting alongside Wolff for the team personnel press conference, weighed in to offer his opinion on Hamilton's insinuations.

"I think a lot of issues are to do with the regulations themselves, because you've got very complicated regulations that then leave room for interpretation," he said.

"The circuit [track] limits one is an obvious one. Any other sport, being over a white line, you're out. You have a situation like we have currently where, some corners, it's OK, and some corners it isn't.

"For the fans, for the teams and for the drivers, it is confusing. So what you need is clear rules, which are then easier to police."

Like Wolff, Horner does not believe there are any intentional biases being shown by the stewards.

"We've all been on the receiving end of stewards' decisions that we've been unhappy about," he added.

"I would agree with Toto that I don't think there's an intended bias.

"I'm not aware of any stewards travelling with drivers to races. And, in Mohammed, we have a new president that's looking to bolster the structure and to bring in the equivalent of a VAR (Video Assistant Referee). It's something that certainly the top teams have available to them.

"I think giving a better infrastructure for clearer decisions with clear regulations is something that should be strived for. But I certainly don't think that there was any bias from stewards during the last seasons."

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