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Christian Horner Claims F1 Spending Cap Is Unfair In Current Climate

Christian Horner Claims F1 Spending Cap Is Unfair In Current Climate
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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Red Bull are in an ideal spot at the moment. They sit comfortably on top of the constructors championship, while Max Verstappen looks primed to run away with the individual award as things stand.

While things are going incredibly well on the track, there remains some controversy about the financial side of the sport this season. F1 introduced a spending limit for the 2022 campaign, with teams not permitted to spend over $140million.

That is a sizeable decrease in the budget for many of the top teams, with Red Bull chief Christian Horner claiming that the cap needs to be upped.

Christian Horner demands increase in F1 cost cap


Horner has been heavily critical of the spending cap in the sport this year, claiming that it will not be possible for the majority of teams to stay within the limits set out by the governing bodies.

Speaking this week, he claimed that inflation means that over half of the constructors in this year's championship will end up spending more than the allotted amount.

The way you design your car is within your control. That is something that you, together with your group of designers, you create. You're in control of your own destiny.

What we're seeing in the world at the moment, we're not in control of the inflationary costs that are affecting households around the world. In the UK, we're seeing predicted inflation at 11 per cent.

That's a direct effect on staff, on raw materials, on electricity, on commodities, on supplied parts. I think it genuinely is a force majeure situation that the FIA need to deal with...

We don't want a championship decided in law courts, or in Paris in front of the FIA.

We've got six months of the year to address this, we need to act now.

I think the top teams would have to get rid of circa two, three hundred people each, to get anywhere near addressing it. Is that right?

The problem is if the cost cap fails badly, it'll be gone forever.

We need to find a solution to this issue. Nobody could have predicted this. We lowered the cost cap by $35m during the pandemic, and nobody could have predicted the issues that we've got.

Red Bull certainly have not been shy in splashing the cash in years gone by, meaning they are one of the teams most heavily affected by the new spending limits.

If they can get a few more teams to go along with them, you'd imagine that F1 will find it difficult to strictly enforce this rule moving forward.

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