Horner: Best way to achieve a close grid is stability

Red Bull F1 chief Christian Horner doubts that the 2019 F1 regulation changes will provide the desired effect of closer racing next season but instead believes that the expensive tweaks could widen the gap between the haves and the have-nots at the pinnacle of the sport.

F1 motorsport director Ross Brawn has previously stated that the rule changes for next year are something of an experiment, with the eye on all new regulations for 2021 and beyond. They might work, they might not…

Although Horner and his team are playing devil’s advocate, they are accepting the changes but doubt that this is the way to even the lopsided playing field that currently prevails in F1.

The Red Bull team chief explained, “It’s a significant change. One thing affects another and obviously, it’s been a very costly change. Would it affect the ability for the cars to follow closely? Maybe a little but not tangibly so.

“Inevitably somebody will get it right, some teams will get it wrong. If anything, more gaps between the teams [will occur]. The best way to achieve a close grid is stability and then the teams will concertina and converge.”

With a massive revision of regulations expected in a couple of years time, Horner also questioned the timing of the rule changes, “Unfortunately there was some elements of a research project that Ross has been working on that have been cherry-picked by the FIA for application for next year.”

“Unfortunately Mercedes and Ferrari supported it through the strategy group and it got voted through. I think probably with hindsight all the teams would recognise now that perhaps it wasn’t the right thing to rush through.

But let’s reserve judgement until we see the first four or five races next year,” added the Red Bull team principal.

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