Horner defends Vettel over swearing
31 March 2014 – Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has defended Sebastian Vettel after the reigning quadruple World Champion used a swear word to describe the sound of Formula 1's new turbocharged V6 engines.
Vettel, who watched from the pit wall after retiring in Australia, described the current noise level as "s**t" ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend, arguing that the sport had lost a key element through the changes.
The FIA has been stricter on the use of swear words following the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix podium ceremony, with Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen's remarks prompting President Jean Todt to write to and warn all drivers.
But of Vettel's latest controversial comments, Horner made clear that his driver has not been spoken to again.
"No-one spoke to me about it over the weekend. He should be applauded for saying what he thinks," said Horner.
"We live in quite a politically-correct world but part of Red Bull's philosophy, which has sometimes been quite uncomfortable, is to allow the drivers freedom of expression. Sebastian has expressed his opinion and I don't think anyone would blame a driver for making an opinion. There are different opinions and he's entitled to his."