Horner wants ‘high revving engines’, Wolff disagrees

Date published: July 17 2021 - Michelle Foster

Christian Horner

Christian Horner has urged F1 to bring back “high revving engines”, adamant it doesn’t have to compromise the sport’s move towards environmentally friendly PUs.

Having declared an engine freeze from 2022 until the end of 2024, Formula 1 is debating the road forward when it comes to power units.

The big question is whether the sport will tweak the current engine regulations or introduce entirely new power units.

And, of course, there are many different perspectives.

Horner told Motorsport: “I think that the combustion engine does have a future, so why not introduce high revving engines that sound fantastic, and that are doing it in an environmentally friendly manner?

“I think that the biofuel and sustainable fuels enable you to do that.

“Electrification, I know, politically it’s being pushed, but actually is it the right route for 25 and 30 years’ time?

“I think F1 could play a key role with the fuels and with the fuel partners that we have on sustainability and zero emissions, with a high performance, high revving emotive engine.

“Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we went that route? I’m sure every grand prix would be packed.”

As to be expected, his Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff has a different take.

Christian Horner and Toto Wolff

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“I would disagree with Christian,” said the Austrian, “because it’s what we think, but we are not the most relevant generation any more,” he said.

“When you ask an 18-year-old or 22-year-old, what relevance noise has, most of these guys consume it via different screens where noise has little or no relevance.

“I personally like it too, and I’d like to have a 12-cylinder that screams down the road. But, as a matter of fact, we are a sport and we are a business.

“I think we would lose complete relevance with our partners, sponsors, and major stakeholders, if we weren’t looking at the environment and the impact that we make.

“I think it would be totally misaligned of where the world is moving, and probably turn every single business partner away from F1 if we stick with internal combustion engines that scream, even though we may like them.”

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