Horner hits out at media over F1 negativity
26 July 2014 – Christian Horner has criticised the media for latching on to the negativity surrounding Formula 1.
The Red Bull Team Principal erupted during Friday's press conference at the Hungaroring after journalists fielded questions about whether or not the sport should be staging Grands Prix in certain countries.
There are doubts over Russia, set to host its first race this year, after a Malaysia Airlines flight was downed in Eastern Ukraine, while Azerbaijan – joining in 2016 – has faced questions over its human rights record.
"We're only focusing on the negativities," Horner explained, when quizzed about how F1 is promoting itself.
"There's a calendar that comes out in October or November. We all have a choice whether we enter the World Championship or not. All the people sitting here are racers and they're here because they're passionate about the sport and they want to compete. When we sign up for that championship, we put our faith and trust in the promoter and the FIA and we will attend those races unless they deem it unnecessary for us to be there.
"All of you [journalists] will be at those races, or the vast majority of you will be because you're either passionate about the sport or because you earn a living out of covering the sport and I think it's wrong to make Formula 1 a political statement or subject when we are a sport.
"We should be talking about the drivers, the spectacular racing that happened between our drivers and Ferrari at the last Grand Prix. We should be talking about what a great race it was for Lewis Hamilton to come through the grid, yet all we do is focus on the negatives and it has to be said, it gets pretty boring for us to sit up here and field these questions.
"So how about asking questions about what's going to happen in the race, what's going to happen in qualifying? Because if you've got these questions, please point them at Mr Todt or Mr Ecclestone rather than the teams."