‘Uncompetitive Ferrari opposed further rule delay’

Michelle Foster

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Red Bull’s push to delay the new rules to 2023 was not only opposed by Ferrari, who fear their SF1000 is uncompetitive, but also small teams dreaming of a change to the pecking order.

They won’t get it says Christian Horner.

With the Formula 1 season on hold and teams losing money with every grand prix cancelled or postponed, the 10 teams all agreed to delay the 2021 regulations to 2022.

Red Bull wanted that pushed back even further to 2023 but rivals and the FIA said no.

According to Horner, Ferrari wasn’t keen on racing this year’s cars for two additional seasons as the Scuderia fears its SF1000 is uncompetitve.

Ferrari, though, wasn’t the only team not in favour of a two-year deal.

“I would have pushed the rules a further year back into 2023,” he told Sky Sports vlog.

“But if you’re team, for example Ferrari saying ‘yeah from a cost point of view, we get it, we agree but our car might not be that competitive, we want a clean sheet of paper’.

“And of course all the teams further down the order think that a clean sheet of paper will change the pecking order.

“The reality is it will change nothing, but it will impose an awful lot of cost drivers into the business next year.”

Horner is at least happy that this year’s cars will be largely frozen into 2021 as he feels that’s the best way for the teams to save money.

“The teams have been pretty decent in getting together and and really focussing on the cost drivers – and that’s the big teams, the medium sized teams and the little teams.

“Actually what has happened by freezing an awful lot of the car – probably 60 percent of the car is now frozen from 2020 into 2021 – it’ll basically just be some aero updates between seasons.

“I think it’s absolutely the right thing to do if you’re just focussed on killing the costs.

“And as dear old Ron Dennis used to bang on, he said if you want to save costs in this business, don’t change anything. And he was absolutely right.

“That’s why I have a slight problem with introducing a complete overhaul of the car for 2022. There’s not a single component that is carried over from 2021 into 2022.

“We’re going to be forced to go tyre testing and build mule cars. And it just seems an unnecessary pressure on the system to put that cost into 2021.”

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