Christian Horner’s latest idea to save Formula One was revealed this weekend in Austria. He believes an ‘independent advisor’ who knows Formula One inside out but has no vested interest in the sport should be appointed.
“Maybe you need an independent, someone who isn’t currently involved, some body like a Ross Brawn that understands the business, and understands the challenges, to write a specification of what a car and a set of technical regulations should be.”
This is not so much a new Horner notion, but rather an extension of a previous one broadly entitled: ‘The FIA and Bernie should decide on the regulations… give the teams a form… say sign here or bugger off’.
Red Bull Racing are floundering and so it appears is Christian. On what basis will another voice or an ‘advisor’ – whether independent or not – break the current F1 strategy group deadlock?
Jean Todt offered to provide an F1 commissioner when on the hustings chasing his first term in office as President of the FIA. Bernie Ecclestone preferred having a formal say on things – the FIA needed money – and so the F1 strategy group was created.
Yet some kind of F1 commissioner or tsar is exactly what the sport requires since Jean Todt has admitted F1 consumes less than 10% of his time.
However, this commissioner must be given proper resources and the ability to drive decisions through. Even if this means less bendy body bits Christian, or a sport where mechanical grip is more important than aerodynamics.
It’s amusing who is calling for what is in effect a return to the old days where Max Mosley ruled the roost.
Then, Bernie lobbied Max and the FIA along with the teams and Max then made a decision.
That mechanism of governance for Formula One somehow doesn’t look quite so bad now after all.