Christian Horner says Formula 1 needs to be the opposite of Formula E

Instead of trying to bring in more manufacturers by tweaking into hybrid systems or playing with future technologies like how Formula E is doing, Formula 1 should continue to stay true to traditional principals of motorsports, Christian Horner of Red Bull Racing said.

Mercedes and Porsche announced their intention to join Formula E in 2019. The category is attracting many big manufacturers to take the research and development of the Electric engine to the next level.

Horner believes F1 should set itself apart from the growing trend and continue to entertain the fans focusing more on the driver rather than technology while running “high-revving” V10 engines. F1 should attract super cars makers than the mainstream carmakers according to Horner.

“I hope for Formula 1 that we don’t get into a bad compromise,” Horner told a motorsport website. “That wouldn’t help anyone. The manufacturers will say goodbye [and go] to Formula E. That is their playing field for future technologies.

“Formula 1 is at a crossroads. The new engine comes in 2021 and will accompany us for the next eight to ten years.

“Formula 1 should, therefore, be the opposite [of Formula E]. Pure racing, man and machine, a competition of the best drivers in the world with combustion engines. I personally would return to a high-revving, naturally aspirated, either V10 or even V12.

“I hope that the rules after 2021 will put the driver in the foreground. The team is supposed to make a difference, but not to the extent of today. In any case, there must be no more engine formula.”

Horner believes Formula E is attracting more manufacturer than Formula 1 because the current F1 model is not working. Media and Ross Brawn need to take bold steps to move forward in a different direction, he said.

“The big manufacturers are already going to Formula E. Porsche, Mercedes, Renault, Audi, Jaguar. This is already more than Formula 1 ever had.

“The cost of Formula E is currently only 5 per cent of a Formula 1 entry. I can imagine that the large-scale manufacturers will migrate to Formula E and the sportscar manufacturers will cavort in F1. Like Ferrari, Aston Martin or Lamborghini. Their environment is Formula 1.

“The new owners want to give the teams a value through a better product. At the moment, Formula 1 does not make sense for anybody from an economic point of view. Therefore, we must modify this model.

“I told the Liberty people that a great show will depend on the fact that we need wheel-to-wheel racing, the drivers becoming the heroes. Ross Brawn is facing a conflict. He now needs the courage to make the right decisions.”

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