New Delhi: Red Bull boss Christian Horner tells Mercedes not to act against the interests of sport by blocking the proposed additional engine update next year.
During the Sochi weekend for the inaugural Russian Grand Prix, Formula One's Strategy Group, which includes the top six teams, the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone, voted to allow in-season engine development. Later this year, the proposal will be considered at the next level of decision making, the F1 Commission.
Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff had earlier confirmed that they had voted against the move and chances of them agreeing with it is slim. According to ESPN F1, Wolff said "We have rules and we have governance, and the governance is in place in order to avoid quick, knee-jerk decisions being made that upset stability, upset the commercial setup and I strongly believe you cannot change rules in October for the following year just because you think they don't suit you.”
However, Horner says that F1 should do away with the current engine freeze. "It's too out of kilter when you have five Mercedes cars in the top five," he said. The 40-year-old added that "The immaturity of this technology is still quite raw and Mercedes shouldn't be afraid of competition. They're doing a super job, but I think it's healthy for Formula One that Ferrari, Honda and Renault have the ability to close that gap. Otherwise we are going to end up in a very stagnant position.”
Besides Mercedes, Williams and Lotus are believed to have voted against the proposal. For the proposal to become a rule and be implemented in 2015, it needs a unanimous vote from the F1 Commission, a body which includes Mercedes.
Under the current regulations, upgrades on engines are not allowed during the season to keep costs in check. Such upgrades are only allowed during the close season under the a token system. and updates are only allowed during the close season under a token system.
"It's a bigger issue than just what is right for the teams, it's about what's right for the sport and the fans. It's easy to take a self-interest position, but when you look at what the right thing is for Formula One, it's to have competition. The rules are the rules as they are at the moment, but I think we need to be big enough to say let's open it a little bit, be responsible on costs so that there is no impact for the customer teams, but have that competition, " Horner continued.
In the sixteen races conducted so far, Mercedes have won thirteen. The Mercedes duo have started their own rivalry, reducing rests of the field to mere spectators. It's almost certain that one of them, leader Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg, will be crowned the Drivers' Champion at Abu Dhabi. Silver Arrows have already captured their first ever Constructors' title with as many as three races to go.
With agency inputs