Red Bull staff major Christian Horner says that Formula 1 itself should pay the monetary penalty if it permits new groups to enroll in the grid in long term.
F1 has operated with a 10 staff box for the reason that 2017 season, and all squads proportion the similar pool of prize cash. If an 11th staff had been to go into the game, that fund can be diluted and every staff would obtain a discounted quantity.
With Andretti Autosport, the American logo owned through former McLaren F1 motive force Michael Andretti which races in IndyCar, publicly pointing out its keenness to enroll in Formula 1 on the previous alternative remaining 12 months, the query of ways viable the possibility of an 11th squad becoming a member of the highest tier of motorsport is has been requested again and again.
For Horner, there are transparent advantages to an extra enlargement, however he believes present groups must now not face an financial penalty.
‘Money is ultimately going to be a significant factor,’ Horner instructed newshounds after Red Bull motive force Max Verstappen gained the inaugural Miami Grand Prix.
‘I see a question, really for [F1], that if they want more teams, they’re clearly going to need to dilute their proportion of the fund, as a result of it will be unfair to be expecting the opposite groups to pay for the extra new entrants to return in not directly.
‘I think it’s nice that there’s the hobby from new manufacturers, and a staff like Andretti, a super identify, however I believe it’s one thing that, with [F1 owner] Liberty [Media], it’s their trade fashion that they wish to figure out for the longer term.’
The most up-to-date staff to enroll in Formula 1, Haas, has confronted monetary strife during its time within the recreation and has been not able to problem top up the grid order to race wins and podiums. Andretti had been related with takeovers of each the Haas and Alfa Romeo-Sauber groups past due remaining 12 months however had been not able to strike a deal after initial discussions.
Volkswagen Group could also be set to enroll in Formula 1 in 2026, when its engine designs are subsequent to because of alternate, with each its Audi and Porsche manufacturers being represented. Whether a complete works staff shall be constructed is unclear, with Audi rumoured to be searching for a possible partnership or partial takeover of McLaren, whilst Porsche has been closely related with a Red Bull engine production deal.
Horner says that each events have held discussions, however an settlement stays a way off.
‘It is obviously great, the commitment that VW stated, as a parent company to both Porsche and Audi, that they’ve each were given the intent of going into Formula 1,’ Horner defined.
‘We’ve simply began a brand new adventure as an influence unit producer for 2026, so, after all, it will be logical for us to take a look at all discussions a couple of attainable cooperation.’ It’s nonetheless very early days.’
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