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Horner remains opposed to F1 cost cap and RRA

Apr 10, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has reiterated his opposition to placing a cap on teams’ spending in Formula One.

During the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend Horner said “We have been talking about a budget cap for about five years now. The hardest thing in the world is to police what a company spends”.

The idea of a budget cap in F1 was first raised by former FIA president Max Mosley in 2008. He attempted to introduce on in 2010 but the plan was scrapped amid objections from the teams.

The teams imposed spending limits of their own through a Resource Restriction Agreement agreed by them within the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA). But Red Bull and Ferrari left FOTA at the end of 2011 as they failed to reach agreement on how to apply the RRA.

Horner remains convinced the RRA is unworkable, describing it as “fundamentally flawed” at the last race.

He said it was impossible to place a limit on spending at teams and enforce it because “Ferrari operates in a completely different way to McLaren or Mercedes or Red Bull.”

“The best way to control costs is through stable regulations. For example the biggest impact on Sauber’s costs next year will be a change of regulations with the drive train, so really the most sensible way to contain costs are stable, clear and concise regulations – both sporting and technical.”

  1. ditto65 - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    I have to agree. F1 is the pinnacle of motorsport. To place limits – be it on spending or testing or whatever other category you can create, lowers the pinnacle, lowers the potential to raise greatness.

    And evolutionary changes (restrictions) on drivetrain and, as a consequence, power, do raise costs. Having to outfit an entirely new motor program on the pretext that we are being “environmentally responsible” is nothing more than PR talking points. And not even clever ones at that.

    Leave them alone; let them race.

    • apexassassin - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      Agree 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Great post!!!

      I’m still waiting for the FIA/FOM to explain how Pirelli in F1 is good for the enviroment! :P

    • purplesectornet - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Umm no. The new engine is very technical and well thought out. We already have KERS so I don’t see what the problem is…F1 is about engineering, if you don’t want an RRA then don’t complain about evolving engine formulas.

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