(Eric Vargiolu - DPPI for Renault Sport F1)
Red Bull boss Christian Horner has defended reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel after the German came in for criticism over the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend for calling the new sound of the 1.6 litre turbo power units 'shit'
McLaren's Jenson Button was very vocal in his defence of the new sound by saying that if the drivers don't like the new sound of Formula One that they should go off and race something else. Meanwhile Mercedes AMG F1 Team Non Executive director Niki Lauda stated that criticism of the new engines is 'stupid and unprofessional'.
However, speaking to the BBC over the weekend Horner applauded his reigning world champion when he said: 'No-one has spoken to me about it over the weekend, he should be applauded for saying what he thinks'.
'Sebastian has expressed his opinion and I don't think anyone would blame a driver for making an opinion.'
Horner went on to say that the philosophy within Red Bull Racing has always been to allow their drivers freedom of expression. A spokesperson for the FIA has denied that president Jean Todt had told Vettel to tone down the bad language.
©Ben Johnston 2014