Red Bull boss Christian Horner fears the battle for the Formula One title will end in court due to spending ceilings and rising inflation

Christian Horner reiterated that teams will not be able to stay below the current spending limit due to rising inflation; “We don’t want a court-decided championship,” the Red Bull team director told Sky Sports F1 exclusively during the Canadian Grand Prix.

Last updated: 23/06/22 19:14

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner has questioned the FIA’s plans to deal with the guinea pig that has hit cars this season, and has also called on the Formula One governing body to increase the cost cap.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has questioned the FIA’s plans to deal with the guinea pig that has hit cars this season, and has also called on the Formula One governing body to increase the cost cap.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner fears the battle for the Formula One title could end in court if the FIA ​​does not increase the annual limit on sports spending, which he says has also put hundreds of jobs at risk amid rising global inflation .

All Formula One teams have a spending limit of $ 140 million (£ 119 million) for 2022, but the dramatic rise in inflation has led many teams – leading Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes in public – to claim it will be impossible to follow the rules.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1 at the GP of Canada, Horner reiterated his concerns and called on the governing body of F1 to act now.

“The way you design your car is under your control,” Horner said. “It’s something that you, along with your group of designers, create. You control your own destiny.

“What we see in the world right now is that we do not control the inflationary costs that affect households around the world. In the UK, we see projected inflation of 11 percent.

Mercedes team director Toto Wolfe gives an honest interview to Martin Brundell about driver safety, Mercedes problems and Lewis Hamilton's way of thinking.

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Mercedes team director Toto Wolfe gives an honest interview to Martin Brundell about driver safety, Mercedes problems and Lewis Hamilton’s way of thinking.

Mercedes team director Toto Wolfe gives an honest interview to Martin Brundell about driver safety, Mercedes problems and Lewis Hamilton’s way of thinking.

“It’s a direct effect on the staff, on the raw materials, on the electricity, on the goods, on the parts delivered. I think it’s really a force majeure situation that the FIA ​​has to deal with.”

The FIA ​​has not yet given any indication of raising the limit, and several teams have said they are still on track to stay below the $ 140 million limit. But Horner said “there are probably about 50 percent of the teams that will break the limit at the end of the year if things continue as they are. Probably even more.”

This could lead to penalties, and Horner, whose Red Bull team leads both championships, added: “We don’t want a championship decided in court or in Paris before the FIA.

“We have six months a year, to deal with that, we need to act now.”

2016 World Champion Nico Rosberg discusses the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate George Russell.

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2016 World Champion Nico Rosberg discusses the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate George Russell.

2016 World Champion Nico Rosberg discusses the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate George Russell.

Horner also pointed to the risk of jobs and the spending ceiling being completely abandoned.

“I think the best teams will have to get rid of about two or three hundred people each to get closer to that,” he said. “Is this true?

“The problem is that if the spending limit fails badly, it will disappear forever.

“We need to find a solution to this problem. No one could have foreseen this. We cut the spending ceiling by $ 35 million during the pandemic, and no one could have predicted the problems we were having. “

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