Horner slams 'unbelievably harsh' penalty
22 October 2017 – Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has hit out at United States Grand Prix stewards in the wake of Max Verstappen's post-race penalty.
Verstappen, having run a two-stop strategy from 16th on the grid, battled Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen on the last lap, and made a move into Turn 17.
As Räikkönen tried to defend, Verstappen grabbed the inside line, but was judged to have put all four wheels over the inside of the circuit, and was duly handed a five-second time drop.
While Verstappen crossed the line third, and was present in the pre-podium room, the sanction demoted him to fourth, leaving Räikkönen to take his place on the rostrum.
Horner heaped criticism on the stewards in the aftermath of the decision.
"I've only just heard it [confirmation of the penalty], but there have been cars going off-track all day today and no action at all," he told Sky Sports.
"I think it's unbelievably harsh to give Max a penalty for that, it just doesn't feel right, it's wrong.
"We'll have a look at it, but for me it was fair, hard racing.
"I think that's a bad judgment by the steward to have made that call…
"He did it the hard way, you know, and we've [seen] cars off the track all day today, all weekend, so to penalise him at this stage… that's not right."