Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes changes to the Formula 1 aerodynamic regulations in 2019 have been “rushed” and will “cost millions and millions of pounds” for the teams.
In attempts to make it easier for cars to follow each other and improve overtaking, the FIA proposed changes to simplify the front wing and also make aerodynamic changes to the rear of the car and rear wing. As the proposal was supported by F1 itself, the teams were asked to carry out a number of case studies before an e-vote saw the changes passed following the last race in Baku.
While the vote saw the changes approved, there were a number of teams opposed to the new regulations and Horner believes the additional cost is unfair.
“Sometimes this sport has the ability to shoot itself in the foot,” Horner told Sky Sports. “The work that has been done for 2021 is all good stuff; the problem is a snapshot of that has been taken and hasn’t been fully analyzed and there are no proven conclusions from it. It has then been rushed into a set of regulations that completely conflict with existing regulations, so they are now scrapping around trying to sort that out this weekend.
“It completely changes the philosophy of the car, because the front wing will be wider and different. The point that the air meets the air is the front wing and that then changes everything behind it: the suspension, the bodywork, absolutely every single component. We talk about costs and being responsible but what has just been introduced is a completely new concept which will cost millions and millions of pounds.
“It was rushed after Melbourne because there was not a lot of overtaking – when has there ever been a lot of overtaking in Melbourne? And then we’ve had three great races since then. Shouldn’t we be looking at the tracks and the tire compounds and how they influence races, rather than burdening the teams with what will be hundreds of millions in costs?”
When it was put to Horner that he seems really angry about the subject, he replied: “Yes, I find it frustrating that decisions are made on zero evidence or zero conclusions on theories and the burden of costs are passed on to the teams.
“Is it going to guarantee closer racing, and cars following closer next year? Probably not.”