Christian Horner believes teams have been persuading their drivers to complain about the porpoising effect of their cars to encourage changes to the regulations.
With drivers competing on one of the fastest, bumpiest circuits on the calendar at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, the issue of bouncing has been put under the spotlight once again.
Mercedes were the most notable victims, but numerous other teams were also affected and voiced their concerns over the course of the weekend.
Some drivers have started speaking out about the bouncing; Mercedes’ George Russell believes that the effect is “unnecessary”, and Pierre Gasly described it as “not healthy”.
When asked about the issues, Horner said that it would be unfair to penalise the teams that have the problem under control.
“The easiest thing is to raise a car. Every team has the choice to do that,” Horner told media, including RacingNews365.com.
“You have a choice where to run your car, and you should never run a car that’s unsafe. I think that’s more for the technical guys, because certain cars have issues and there are some teams that have very few issues.
“It would seem unfair to penalise the ones that have done a decent job, versus the ones that have perhaps missed the targets.”
Horner questions whether teams encouraging driver complaints
One of the most notable causalities from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who complained about back pain during the race.
After the race, the Briton was seen gingerly getting out of his car and holding his back.
When Horner was asked about his approach to the situation if Red Bull had a heavily-porpoising car, he responded: “I would tell them to bitch as much as they could over the radio and make as big of an issue out of it as they possibly could. It’s part of the game.”
Questioned on whether he believed it was the teams that were encouraging the complaints, he replied: “Of course it is.
“You can see it’s uncomfortable. There are remedies to that, but it is to the detriment of the car performance. So what the easiest thing to do is to complain from a safety point of view.
“I think if it was a genuine safety concern across the whole grid, then it’s something that should be looked at, but if it’s only affecting isolated teams, then that’s something that team should potentially deal with.”