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Horner: We'd respect a driver boycott

6 July 2013

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has said he would support his drivers' if they did decide to boycott this weekend's German Grand Prix.

The Grand Prix Drivers' Association [GPDA] released a statement on Thursday which raised fears the drivers' might not race if there were more tyre failures like those seen at Silverstone.

While that threat now seems to have dissipated following three incident-free practice sessions, Horner added that the position was understandable.

“It's the drivers' position at the end of the day and you've got to respect that," Horner told Sky Sports F1.

"They were concerned about what they saw last week [at the British Grand Prix] - who can blame them at the end of the day?

"Hopefully it's not going to come anything near to that, but I just think they've laid down a marker to say 'we want this sorted'.”

“I think it [the statement] is just in case we end up in that situation, which hopefully we won't,” Horner added. “We've got a different product here this weekend so I'm sure Pirelli are on top of it.

“Hopefully the product that Pirelli has here addresses any concerns. I'm hopeful the situation's been sorted because more than anything drivers' safety is absolutely crucial. Nobody wants to be in a position that we were in last Sunday.

“F1 is still a very, very dangerous sport. Cars are doing enormous speeds and safety has to be of paramount importance,” Horner concluded.


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