Horner laments timing and expense of new era F1 rules

Christian Horner

Christian Horner

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner believes that the new Formula 1 turbo era and all that comes with it in terms of regulation changes is costing teams over 20% more. He laments the timing of the the new regulations.

Speaking at Jerez where the first pre-season testing of 2014 is taking place, Horner said, “The problem with the rule change at the moment is that it’s probably exactly at the wrong time to do it. It’s hugely expensive and probably the biggest and most expensive rule change we’ve had that I can remember in Formula 1.

“Obviously Formula 1 has to move with the times, has to be relevant with the automotive sector to maintain interest from the automotive suppliers, but one has to question the timing of this introduction. There are a lot of cars without [sponsor] stickers out there. It’s inflicting a great deal of cost for the customer teams, the works teams less so, but for the customer teams there is a significant impact.”

On the escalating costs Horner was aksed to put a figure to the added investment required by teams, “It’s impossible to predict because it’s not just the engine, it’s the ancillaries that go with it. You could be looking at 20-25 % increase.” (GP247)

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  • RBC

    The FIA under Jean Todt also added $120m to the bill they send to F1. So they are the villains in all of this, along with Bernie.

  • WestMclarenMercedes

    And the whining for red bull continues. Their car must not like the new power unit. Its 5 months too early for red bull to start whining about the regulations. Every year since 2012 they whine about a part of the regulations they cant get around while other teams can. This year its the power unit. What will it be next?

  • Red Horizon

    “…for the customer teams there is a significant impact.”
    Except Red Bull.

  • JGN

    Seems like the toy’s are out of the pram at Red Bull, if you’re not winning, start whining.

  • farizY


    Put a sock in it. You whine like a little girl.

  • torque

    @JGN, Uh, nobody’s winning since the season hasn’t started yet.

  • Hugo

    That coming from the guy whose team has always refused to comply with a resource restriction agreement. Biggest hypocrite in the pitlane.