"But we've always said we try to disengage from taking a political angle on these things."
But in the wake of F1's handling of the Bahrain crisis, and after teams raced in other controversial lands like China, and in 2016 will head to Azerbaijan, reporters on Friday expressed frustration with the teams' apparently blind 'follow Bernie Ecclestone' position.
"Would you follow Ecclestone to North Korea?" wondered Sport Bild correspondent Ralf Bach.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner responded by slamming the "negativity" of the questions posed during the FIA press conference.
"We should be talking about the drivers," he said, "we should be talking about the spectacular racing at the last grand prix, yet all we do is focus on the negatives and it has to be said, it gets pretty boring for us to sit up here and field these questions.
"If you've got these questions, please point them at Mr (Jean) Todt or Mr Ecclestone rather than the teams," Horner added.
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