Horner Slams Disrespectful Marchionne

March 13, 2018 9:03 pm

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has slammed a disrespectful Marchionne for holding Formula 1 to ransom.

Horner expressed his disapproval in Ferrari’s crusade against Formula 1’s management. He also found fault with Marchionne’s claim that Liberty Media are technologically ignorant when it comes to F1.

Former Ferrari and Mercedes tech chief Ross Brawn is leading the change on Formula 1’s technical and sporting fronts.

Christian Horner

“I think that’s disrespectful to Ross Brawn, one of the most successful engineers in F1 history,” Horner said.

“I think Liberty has a good understanding of the business and it’s up to them to decide what’s best.”

Both Ferrari and Mercedes have expressed their concerns about the post-2020 engine and regulations put forward by Brawn and Liberty last November.

Ferrari was the more aggressive of the two, even threatening to pull out of Grand Prix racing altogether. Now, Horner was relatively annoyed at the disrespectful Marchionne.

“It might be bad for us or Ferrari or Mercedes, but it’s Liberty who must decide what they want formula one to be,” Horner said.

“It’s inevitable that there are going to be two battlefields,” he continued.

“FOM and the FIA are going to make the rules, and then it’s up to the teams to decide if they want to be part of it or not.”

Horner admitted that Red Bull know better than to interfere in the regulation makers’ business. The teams are in no position to try and influence the rule-making process.

“We’re not going to have any influence,” he said. “This world championship is managed by the FIA and FOM and it’s their job to know what they want.

“Of course everyone wants Ferrari to continue, and it’s fantastic fighting against such an iconic team. But it’s wrong to hold F1 to ransom in that way,”.

Meanwhile, all the teams are heading to Baku, Azerbaijan for the 4th round of the season.

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