Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has hit out at “derogatory” statements made by Sky Sports against the team, following its decision to boycott the British broadcaster.
On Sunday, it emerged that the energy drink-backed squad would not participate in any interviews with Sky Sports due to its dissatisfaction with its on-air conduct.
Speaking after the Mexico City Grand Prix, Max Verstappen claimed that “one particular person” on the broadcast team has been consistently speaking down on the Red Bull outfit.
Up to now, Sky Sports has often spoken to Horner following the qualifying and race sessions, while drivers Verstappen and Sergio Perez provide comments in the TV media pen.
However, it has imposed an indefinite ban on communications with Sky Sports after taking issue with comments that were made.
“We’re disappointed with a series of derogatory comments that have been made on Sky, so we felt this weekend we would take a break, and that it wouldn’t do Sky any harm, us taking a break,” Horner said.
“There needs to be balance in commentary. Some of the commentary is excellent, but some of the pieces… there is too much sensationalisation [sic] being done.
“We stand together as a team – and it’s not just Sky UK, it’s been across all the Sky channels in Germany and Italy.”
The matter is fuelled by Verstappen’s close title fight with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in 2021, with Verstappen prevailing over his rival at the final round in Abu Dhabi.
Horner says that Verstappen was upset over a claim on the station that Hamilton was “robbed” of last year’s title.
“It was just to register our discontent. Sometimes some of the less impartial comments, some of the accusations that are made – TV seems to be becoming more sensationalised,” he said.
“Accusations of a championship being ‘robbed’, that’s not something we feel is impartial commentary.
“Obviously, we don’t feel that is in any way fair or balanced. Max was very upset about it, and as a team we support him fully.
“I think Red Bull are a cheap target sometimes.”
Horner is quite correct Sky F1 is so biased it is untrue. I am so pleased I canceled my Sky account, stuff them and there one-sided reporting
Sky is (A) probably quite sad to see you go…..or….(B) they couldn’t possibly care less.
I’m gonna’ go with (B).
It’s called being “WOKE”, COMMIE SOCIALIST BS!!!
every MAINSTREAM MEDIA corp is part of the GLOBALIST Agenda ffs!!!
It’s called being “WOKE”, COMMIE SOCIALIST BS!!!
every MAINSTREAM MEDIA corp is part of the GLOBALIST Agenda!!!
I found Sky hard to watch with all this Budget cap bull.
The bias was clear and just another weapon in the diversity must win at all costs.
The whole Lewis was robbed thing who cares .
Perhaps if Mercedes were a bit more fluid in their tactics with even the most brain dead could see in Mexico that putting on Hard compound was stupid after the softs lasted more than half the race they might actually win some races instead of reliving the mistakes of the past.
The truth is that yet another rather dull race with cars that are still hard to race , are too heavy , complicated and expensive and even the over paid sky team can’t polish that turd.
Maybe I should budget cap Sky and give them the elbow like Red bull.
Give me a break. Sky Sport calls it like we all saw it, LH was robbed of the 2021 F1 title. Max knows it, Horner knows it, and Masi knows it. But I agree we can move on!
Oh, that’s obvious. When you make a strategy call that turns out to be the wrong one, others are to blame, not you. Also, when a race director does what all the teams asked him to do even before the race start, it’s his fault when you, after making the wrong strategy call, loose.
Slam dunk, if you ask me.
What wrong call would that be? If you say Mercedes should of pitted Lewis in the championship race then don’t bother answering because you obviously know nothing about f1. If you have something else I would love to hear it
If you’re going to give the correct answer I don’t like then don’t answer because I don’t have a counter argument.
Fixed that for you.
Even Lewis knew he should have pitted.
If you want unbiased reporting, give the sport back to the free to air BBC. All the others hunt for sensationalism to grow their customer base. Disgraceful in my opinion.
Jesus, no. The BBC is even more woke than Sky, Channel 4, and ITV. Plus they do it on licence payer’s money, who have little choice but to cough up if they want to watch live telly. Plus, the BBC don’t have the time available, so we’d get to see less coverage, which we can watch on Sky with the sound down if we choose. Sky remains the least worst option due to the amount of time they can be on-air.
It has been noticeable all season that as the opening credits to Sky’s Formula One coverage end, where in previous years the name of the reigning champion was shouted out loud, this year Verstappen’s name is all but inaudible. Unless one strains pretty hard to hear it, all that comes across are the words, “Champion of the World”, with no apparent credit to anyone. Such pettiness has rankled throughout the season. Added to the sniping, from Kravitz in particular, but also sometimes from Croft and, occasionally, from Brundle too, though he isn’t so bad as the others, it really does emit a bit of a stench of failing to accept reality.
It’s all very well banging on about Abu Dhabi, if you are of the mind that an error was made which influenced the result of that race, but for balance they should also hark back to incidents earlier in the season, particularly Silverstone and Hungary, where inadequate punishments were given to Mercedes’s drivers for offences committed, especially Hamilton, and in the light of more recent revelations, reflection on what that meant for expenditure by Red Bull on replacement parts for those damaged would be appropriate. Such balance has never been in evidence, and has been sorely missed.
SkySports called it like is as unbiased ones saw it. Hamilton was ROBBED. Masi innocent? He was fired for race manipulation . Cost cap overrun by $2.2m and no punishment? A sham because the BLM supporter got under your pale skins. You see nothing wrong that Hamilton is the only POC in a sport past, present and future yet he represents 1.5billion? A sport full of privileged pale skins where they are the minority on the planet . Take a poll from all continents to see who was the true 2021 champion and overwhelmingly it will be Hamilton.
Wow Simone does not like competition
I’m sure ocon tsunoda sainz alonoso perez albon and Zhou all appreciate you negating their existence to make your point. Or do they not matter just because they aren’t half black. They are all super pale skins, white as can be. Keep spewing hate to make ridiculous points, thats how we win and move forward as a species. United we thrive divided we are doomed. Be a better human
Yeah tell that to the non pale skins at police stops, job hirings, karens, bias in housing, loans, rigging races to suit pale skins. Moving ahead as a species? 😂. Go read some history clown and tell me what pale skins did when they landed in non pale skins lands. Nothing change. Africa is the origin of civilization .
Africa is a cesspit of stupidity and backwardness. If the Europeans hadn’t taken civilization to them they’d still be living in caves and eating each other. The only thing ever invented in Africa was slavery, which may come as a surprise to a dullard like you who hasn’t a clue about history. The Europeans didn’t make people slaves, those who were shipped across the Atlantic were enslaved by other blacks who sold them to the Europeans, just as they had sold them to Egyptians thousands of years earlier to be used as labour to build the pyramids. And to anyone else who was prepared to buy them in the intervening times. Slavery is Africa’s only indigenous industry. Invented by blacks, perpetrated on blacks. It’s bred so deeply into them they still slaughter each other on the streets of London, NewYork, Los Angeles and countless other cities to this day. And they’re still blaming whites for it. Meanwhile today, blacks in Africa use their own kids as slaves to dig minerals for the Chinese, and they’re so thick they probably blame the whites for that too, and think the CCP is doing them a favour by making them loans they can never even hope to pay back, while demanding control of their voting rights at the United Nations and its many tentacled sub-rackets.
It’s crazy how a controversial race can lead to so many other accusations
Plain and simple it was very peculiar that masi circumvented what has been done all year and previously and how the fia has admitted human error but clowns like Dami continue to carry and whine about everything else to try and justify what was deemed to be an issue by the sport
There isn’t any changing what happened and it has only been made worse by redbull being over the cap
No need to listen to Dami cry and whine how it’s Mercedes fault because the wrecked all redbulls cars it still doesn’t change that fact that the last race was deemed to be decided by human error
Time to move on
Yeah, let’s all ignore everything that happened except for the one little detail that retard Bill wants to concentrate on to weave some kind of fake narrative that suits his agenda. The problem for retarded Bill is that his one detail is bullshit too, because Masi didn’t circumvent anythingm he did what the teams had, barely two months earlier, all agreed should happen in such cases, he ensured that the race finished under green flag conditions rather than behind a safety car. That is what all ten teams wanted, and to what all ten teams agreed. Buttsore mongs like Bill can whinge all they like about it, but that is the true situation. Masi followed that agreement, and the fact that the FIA bosses threw him under the bus to deflect flak from themselves when the short-arsed jewellery display, his bullshitting team principal, and the sadsacks who support them started skriking because somebody dared to beat them.