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Horner tiring of Red Bull criticism

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Christian Horner: "All the rest is all b******t, at the end of the day it's all down to the FIA and the stewards to decide whether the car's legal or not" © Sutton Images
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Christian Horner is growing tired of constant questioning of his Red Bull's legality, saying the team should not "be criticised for being creative".

Following the engine mapping row at the German Grand Prix that saw the FIA clarifying a regulation in order to close of a loophole that Red Bull was exploiting, the team was accused of being at the centre of an investigation in to ride height at the Canadian Grand Prix. Following the race at the Hungaroring, Horner said that the team has never been found to have broken any regulations and that the team should be praised for the way that it interprets the rules.

"The bottom line is the results sheet comes out at the end of qualifying or the end of the race and the car complies with the regulations," Horner said. "All the rest is all b******t, at the end of the day it's all down to the FIA and the stewards to decide whether the car's legal or not. Every single time our car has been questioned by other teams it has always been compliant with the rules.

"Of course the nature of Formula One is that it's competitive, but the regulations are written in such a way that they are open to interpretation, and from HRT to Red Bull every single team interprets those rules otherwise you'd have all the cars that look identically the same. Part of our strength is our ingenuity and I don't think we should be criticised for being creative."

Having won the 2011 championships so dominantly, Horner said Red Bull was pleased with its current position in the standings heading in to the enforced two-week shutdown.

"We go in to the summer break 53 points in the lead in the constructors' championship and both our drivers are second and third in the drivers' championship. 225 points still available, nine races to go, it's going to be full on. So I think we'll definitely use this week before the shutdown to good effect and then it's a good opportunity for everybody within the company to recharge their batteries before a manic last three months."

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