Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner has thrown his support behind McLaren chief Ron Dennis and insisted he sees no reason why he should resign in the wake of the spying scandal that has rocked Formula 1.

The F1 paddock is this morning coming to terms with the decision of the FIA to exclude the Mercedes-powered outfit from the constructors championship and also hit them with a massive fine of $100 million - although there has still been no word from the governing body on exactly what the punishment relates to.

Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live, Horner insisted he saw no reason why the debacle should lead to Dennis resigning from his role - although he admitted that the team owner now finds himself in a far from comfortable position.

"It would be very harsh to form that view," he replied when asked if Dennis should stand down. "What Ron has achieved in his career is remarkable and the success that McLaren has had during his period in the team is one of the great success stories of Formula 1.

"Obviously this will be very difficult for him to deal with at the moment and while yes, he is ultimately responsible for the actions of his employees, when you employ close to 1000 people it will be hard to keep close tabs on exactly what they are all doing.

"He is a competitive animal and this will only fuel his desire to come back and win the constructors title next year. Should Ron resign? Personally my opinion is no, but he is his own man and will make his own decision."

Horner added that the decision taken by the FIA should also not taint what has been one of the most spell-binding championship battles of recent seasons, with Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa all still in with a shout of taking the drivers title following the decision not to dock the McLaren drivers any of their points.

"I don't think it should be [tainted]," he said. "The drivers are contracted to the team and are not employees, so they are almost the innocent party in all this. I hope that we can have an exciting finish to the championship, there are four drivers in contention which we haven't had for a long time and I think that everything is set for an exciting crescendo to the championship. Thankfully the drivers haven't been penalised, which is a positive thing for Formula 1."

 

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