With so much "action" lately I didn't even get a chance to post what is probably the most panned and ridiculed article I've come across on ESPNF1 about four years reading reports there.
ESPNF1- Red Bull boss Christian Horner is concerned Mercedes' power unit advantage over the rest of the field is putting fans off Formula One while only adding to the sport's financial problems.
After dominating the first year under new engine regulations in 2014, Mercedes is showing no sign of loosening its grip on the front of the grid this year despite more opportunities for its rivals to catch up over the winter. Red Bull's supplier Renault is hoping just to halve the gap to Mercedes this year, which would be a significant achievement under the regulations but still result in Red Bull struggling to match the world champions.
Since the end of last year, Horner has been pushing the idea of ripping up the engine rule book and starting again with the aim of creating a level playing field with cheaper engines.
"I think it's important we have good racing and obviously the closer the field is, the better the racing will be," he told City AM. "I think that's the most fundamental thing that fans appreciate. The power unit at the moment is a big performance differentiator. I think the gap between the best and the worst needs to be reduced, and that will automatically create closer racing."
Horner said the cost of the current engines is also the driving factor behind the problems smaller teams face at the moment but that F1 cannot agree on a solution.
"I think it's important that we get costs under control, that all teams are viable operating concerns," he added. "Obviously the power unit is a big cost-driver so that's an element that needs looking at with quite a bit of urgency. I think they're the fundamental things and that's in everybody's interests. I think there's a lot going on discussion-wise but, as always, we talk a lot without concluding as much as we should have done.
"The most important thing that we do collectively is look to try and address the current issues with the power unit in terms of the cost and the burden that's placing not just on the customer teams but also on the manufacturers themselves. So I think fundamentally that's the most important thing we need to look at in the very near future."
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has called on the FIA to take action to equalise engine performance and close up the Formula 1 field.
The lead Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo finished a lapped sixth in the Australian Grand Prix, with the two Mercedes drivers first and second, half-a-minute ahead of Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari.
Horner claimed that rule changes were regularly made to hold his team back during its years of dominance in 2010-13, so the same should be done to Mercedes.
"When we were winning, and we were never winning with the advantage they [Mercedes] have, I remember double diffusers were banned, exhausts were moved, flexible bodywork was prohibited, engine mapping mid-season was changed," said Horner.
"Anything was done, and that wasn't unique to Red Bull.
"Whether it was Williams in previous years or McLaren, I think it is healthy to have a situation [of closing the field up].
"The FIA, within the rules, have an equalisation mechanism; I think it's something that perhaps they need to look at."
Horner further justified his position by stressing that the dominance of Mercedes is bad for F1.
This is despite accepting that Mercedes has done a good job in producing a car and engine that are the class of the field.
"Take nothing away from Mercedes, they have done a super job," he said.
"They have a good car, a fantastic engine and two very good drivers.
"The problem is the gap is so big that you end up with three-tier racing, and that is not healthy for F1."
When asked about Horner's comments, Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff suggested that Red Bull should focus on improving rather than seeking assistance from the regulator.
"If you come into Formula 1 and you try to perform at the highest level and equalisation is what you need after the first race and you cry out, that's not how we have done things in the past," said Wolff.
"I just think get your head down, work hard and sort it out.
"It is always a political season; it was last year and it will be this year."
Horner suggested that the FIA could use the data on engine performance that it collects as the basis for equalisation.
"The FIA have a torque sensor on every engine," he said.
"They can see what every power unit is producing and they have the facts.
"They could quite easily come up with some form of equalisation."
There is a shoe shop in Chelsea...called R'Soles......Horner always makes me think of that... RBR have got away with sooo much...it is laughable that CH is critical of others... Pot/kettle etc.....So...Shut up ur face..u r a disgrace.... Face up to the fact that whilst RB were putting everything into winning... Merc were perfecting their monster machine....
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Genius hits a target no one else can see
Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko has warned that the Austrian firm could pull out of Formula 1, claiming that the current regulations "will kill the sport".
Four-time world championship-winning outfit Red Bull endured a tough weekend in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, with Daniel Ricciardo coming home a distant sixth and Daniil Kvyat's car failing before the start.
Its team boss Christian Horner claimed after the race that F1 chiefs should consider taking action to equalise the performance of the current engines, and Marko said that Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz could lose interest in the sport.
"We will evaluate the situation again [in the summer] as every year and look into costs and revenues," Marko told Austrian media in Melbourne.
"If we are totally dissatisfied we could contemplate an F1 exit.
"Yes, the danger is there that Mr Mateschitz loses his passion for F1."
Marko hit out at the state of the current regulations, which Mercedes has dominated since they were introduced for 2014.
"These power units are the wrong solution for F1, and we would say this even if [Red Bull supplier] Renault were in the lead," he added.
"The technical rules are not understandable, much too complicated, and too expensive.
"We are governed by an engineers' formula. We wanted cost reduction too, but it is not happening like this.
"A designer like Adrian Newey [who is stepping back from F1] is castrated by this engine formula. These rules will kill the sport."
Red Bull's exit would have serious ramifications for F1 as Mateschitz owns the Toro Rosso team as well.
However, the Austrian firm has a contract with the sport's bosses that commits it to the world championship until at least 2020.
There's lots of talk in the media of Red Bull pulling out of F1. Adam Cooper has been tweeting about it. He says they aren't just empty threatening. That Meserchmidt( SPL) wants out, he's had enough and wants to sell up.....and Bernie is in the loop. Being discussed on Twitter. The judge was getting involved in the discussion saying there are a lot of companions wanting to get into F1.
Really good article here about the position of Red bull and the players involved. Talk of Audi buying in. Talk of different engine suppliers. And the reasons Horner is wetting his knickers and asking for engine equalisation. Apparantly a stalling point for Audi is the constant rule changing within F1.....I have every sympathy with that viewpoint!!
( on a side note, I read somewhere that Bernie agrees with Horner, that he thinks there's a rule somewhere left behind by Max that can handicap a team that finds an advantage. one suggestion by Bernie was that all engine makers be allowed to develop except Mercedes (rofl)Way to turn off new entrants!!)
the thing is that they cant really hold Merc back or they would have done, its not a cheat like a DD or flexiywings, the Merc advanatge is the hole package, thats why Horner is so frustrted The Ferrari and suaber have a biger performance dlta from last year to this over the Merc, so its not the engine thats improved Merc are not stupid, there is nothing the FIA can do to hold merc alone back, even if they freeze the Merc engine, the chassis is probably around 2 secs faster. They have an integrated solution, and a pikie like Bernie or the muppets at the FIA are not bright enough to pinpoint anything like in the red bull days except its not a cheat gadget Anyone thinking Merc will suddenly be uniquely held back while red bull catch up will be smoking some home grown
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