Horner was called in to see the marshals after the race at Losail for hitting a “rogue marshal” who he blamed for showing the yellow flags in qualifying, which earned Max Verstappen a grid penalty.
The FIA has made it clear that it cannot accept criticism of its officials in this way, and Horner has duly apologized for his comments, both in private and later in public via the media.
Horner confessed his comments were made under competitive pressure, with his team locked in a close fight for the F1 title with Mercedes.
The remarks are the latest in a series of salvos that have been launched between Horner and Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff as the scrutiny of their teams intensifies.
But while Seidl accepts that the soap opera that takes place off the track is part of the appeal of F1, he believes there is a line his team wouldn’t cross when it comes to speaking out.
“If you look at everything that’s going on right now, it’s clear, obviously there’s a lot at stake,” Seidl said, when asked for his opinion on the matter.
“It’s different from the battles we’re further back in, and it’s obviously great to some extent for the fans and for the show, because in the end it should be entertainment too.
“But I really think some of the comments we’ve seen over the last few weeks, it’s definitely not something I could imagine would come from us in such a situation.
“I think it’s very important, and it doesn’t matter if you are fighting for the win, or if you are last, that you always have respect for the competitors, for the FIA, for F1.
“We’re in the same boat, and it’s important that there is respect for the volunteers who ultimately help us organize these race weekends.”
Michael Masi, race director
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F1 race director Michael Masi revealed after the race in Qatar that he alerted stewards to Commissioner Horner’s comments, which were told to Sky before the race.
Masi explained that he could not accept any criticism from the safety marshals, who do their job to protect the pilots.
“I think you shouldn’t be attacking anyone, and especially when we have thousands of volunteer commissioners around the world who devote a tremendous amount of time globally,” he said.
“Without them, this sport that everyone cares about, and everyone gives a huge amount of their time, will not take place.
“I will stand up for every volunteer official and every official on every race track around the world, [and stress] that this is not accepted.