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'Teams to blame for rising costs'

Saturday 30th November 2013

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'Teams to blame for rising costs'

'Teams to blame for rising costs'

Christian Horner reckons the F1 teams as a whole have themselves to blame for next year's sharp rise in costs as they didn't put a stop to changes.

Next season the sport will see the introduction of 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engines with energy recovery unit. However, the engines will reportedly cost almost double the current V8s.

Instead of paying €25 million, teams will have to fork out €40 million for their power units. That's an increase of €15 million and that doesn't even include the general rise in the price of everything else.

However, amidst claims that Red Bull are spending more than any other outfit, Horner believes the teams have only themselves to blame.

"It's a little bit late, really," he told ESPN

"The costs are going to significantly increase. The engines are far more expensive, and to operate that engine - just the radiator bill alone next year compared to this year is looking like it's going to be double.

"Then of course we've added four in-season tests, so the teams have only got themselves to blame because each of the regulations that have been introduced next year will have a dramatic impact on costs.

"We can all stick our heads in the sand and dance around the periphery, but until you address the fundamentals the rest of it is just window dressing."

Red Bull, though, are in the fortunate position of being able to attract "good partners" as well as bring in prize money, something those further back struggle with.

"The impact of next year's costs for us could range anywhere between €25 million and €40 million," he added. "We have to go out and find that because Red Bull won't fill that deficit and that's why we have a lot more partners on the car.

"Thankfully we've been successful and we've managed to attract good partners and good prize revenues, but if you're further down the grid it must be impossible to counter the increase in costs versus generating income."

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