Horner wants clarification after brake change
21 July 2014 – Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has asked the FIA to clarify why Lewis Hamilton was allowed to switch brake suppliers without penalty prior to Sunday's German Grand Prix.
Hamilton crashed out in qualifying when he suffered a right-front brake disc failure and he then opted to ditch the product supplied by Brembo, albeit only the fronts, and switch to those made by Carbon Industrie.
Horner believes this has now set an "interesting precedent".
"Absolutely," he told reporters at Hockenheim when asked if he was shocked with the decision to allow Mercedes to make the change without forcing the team to start Hamilton from the pit lane.
"It was a change of car-spec. If you change it like-for-like is one thing, but if you change it for something that is made by a different manufacturer and has a different characteristic, as described by the driver himself, then that is something very different.
"It is an interesting precedent."
Horner also rejected the notion the change was allowed on safety grounds.
"We are running the same material on both of our cars as Lewis was yesterday, so it was safe on our car," he pointed out.
"I think we are going to need clarification, because obviously if you can do that then what else can you change?
"It will be interesting to see what the justification of that allowance was."