Christian Horner calls for no more F1 domination

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After four consecutive seasons of winning the constructors’ and driver F1 titles, the fact that Christian Horner is bemoaning the current Mercedes dominance appears rather surreal. Horner argues that Red Bull and Vettel’s four-year dominance of the sport was different from the position Mercedes now find themselves in.

I think that predictable and serial results, serial winning, is difficult for any sport,” said Horner. “We were accused of it but we never enjoyed the continuation of success or longevity of success. Two of our world championships went to the last race and we never ever finished 1-2 in a world championship, and I think that inevitably with that kind of predictabilty, people get turned off and it needs a re-jig to bring it closer together”.

Given the fact that Mercedes are just two years into their ‘dominance’ and that the title in 2014 went to the last race of the season, Horner’s top line comparison between Red Bull’s success and that of Mercedes is just wrong.

Spice boy then waxes lyrical over the ‘great’ drivers currently in the sport and whether their current teams are affording them the opportunities they deserve. I don’t think anyone wants to see Fernando Alonso just taking part, we want to see him competing, we want to see Daniel Ricciardo competing, we want to see Sebastian Vettel competing against Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg”.

The reality is that Red Bull Racing have never given a hoot about ‘great’ drivers, their focus is on bringing through the likes of Vettel and Ricciardo through the young driver programme. Platitudes about long standing senior F1 race drivers are not something Red Bull can honestly speak about from experience.

Ten FOTA teams wrote to the FIA expressing their dismay about the lack of cost control for the new V6 Turbo Hybrid era – but Red Bull had decided to leave that collective of FOTA, because Bernie Ecclestone provided them with a pot of gold beyond anything they deserved – the price being that Red Bull immediately sign a bi-lateral agreement with FOM.

Ironically Horner continues his attack on his fellow competitors lack of desire for real competition: “The teams will never achieve that, because there is far too much self interest, and you cannot expect the teams to achieve that. That is for the regulator, and the governing body, to come up with a set of rules that achieves those objectives.” Cute… Christian, given Red Bull Racing’s propensity to pursue self interest at every opportunity.

Is Formula One in crisis? Christian thinks not. Crisis is a strong word. There are things that need sorting out for the future. We need strong leadership at any time of uncertainty. That is vitally important and we need strong leadership from the commercial rights holder [Bernie Ecclestone] and the governing body, to plot the path of the future that addresses what the fans need and what the fans want to see”.

From many who work within Formula One, TJ13 has been repeatedly presented with the view that F1 is held together by string and sticky plaster – which is ridiculous for a multi billion pound revenue sport. However, until there is a clean sweep of those whose pathetic attempts to run Formula One fail year in year out – nothing will change and the same old mantra’s will be spouted ad nauseaum.

11 responses to “Christian Horner calls for no more F1 domination

  1. Opinions are nice and all, but introducing terms like ‘spice boy’ just makes readers want to stop right there. , but anyway he has a point, RB ‘domination’ pales under any analysis compared to merc 2014/2015.
    Remember when top 10 were separate by a couple of tenths? Minor slipup in qualy and bang you were nowhere.
    Ham can qualify on 3 wheels 12th then come through the field within 5 laps.

    It’s not as good. The jeopardy is zero.

  2. Christian Horner is absolutely right. Never were Red Bull’s 4 world titles as dominant as are Mercedes’. Only comparable to the 1988 McLaren and the 1992-93 Williams with the active suspension.
    As i remember, the FIA always tried to nullify any of RB advantages with the flexi wings, blown exhaust etc, and this was done through mid season with the fallacious pretense of safety reasons. Why are not the FIA so solicitous in doing the same now?

    • Bit difficult when Mercedes aren’t really bending the letter of the law like Red Bull used to. They’ve just got it so much more right than everybody else on the engine front and because of the token rules etc. nobody else can catch up.

  3. The last world championships that were a close contest were in the mid noughties, with Renault, Ferrari and McLaren. Exciting races, loud cars, tyre wars, refueling and three teams that were vying for the title.

  4. I agree with you. The issue in my opinion being, the way these rules have been put in place, you have to get it right from day one as Mercedes have done. Fair play to them. However, these rules are very limiting in terms of any developmental work. Supposedly for cost reasons. With that in mind, why don’t we apply the same reasoning with chassis and aerodynamic work? You get to the first race with all the work done through the winter and carry on until the last race. The principle is the same.

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