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Red Bull boss Christian Horner fears F1 title fight could end up in court due to cost cap and rising inflation

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Christian Horner has reiterated that teams will not be able to stay below the current cost cap due to rising inflation; “We don’t want a championship to be decided in the courts of law,” the Red Bull team principal told Sky Sports F1 exclusively at the Canadian GP.

Last update: 06/23/22 19:14

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner has questioned the FIA’s plans to deal with the porpoise that has plagued cars this season and has also called on F1’s governing body to raise the cost cap.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has questioned the FIA’s plans to deal with the porpoise that has plagued cars this season and has also called on F1’s governing body to raise the cost cap.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner fears F1’s title fight could end up in court if the FIA ​​doesn’t raise the sport’s annual cost cap, which he says has also put hundreds of jobs amid rising global inflation.

All F1 teams have a cost cap of $140m (£119m) for 2022, but a dramatic rise in inflation has prompted many teams – top favorites Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes – to state publicly that it will be Impossible to follow the rules.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1 at the Canadian GP, ​​Horner reiterated his concerns and called on F1’s governing body to act now.

“How you design your car is under your control,” said Horner. “That is something that you, along with your group of designers, create. You are in control of your own destiny.

“What we are seeing in the world at the moment is that we are not in control of the inflationary costs that affect households around the world. In the UK, we are seeing an expected inflation of 11 per cent.”

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff gives Martin Brundle an honest interview about driver safety, Mercedes' problems and Lewis Hamilton's mentality.

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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff gives Martin Brundle an honest interview about driver safety, Mercedes’ problems and Lewis Hamilton’s mentality.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff gives Martin Brundle an honest interview about driver safety, Mercedes’ problems and Lewis Hamilton’s mentality.

“That’s a direct effect on staff, raw materials, electricity, commodities, parts supplied. I think it really is a force majeure situation that the FIA ​​has to deal with.”

The FIA ​​has yet to give any indication of raising the cap, and several teams have said they are still on track to stay below the $140m limit. But Horner said “there are probably about 50 percent of the teams that are going to break the cap at the end of the year if things continue like this. Probably even more.”

That could lead to penalties, with Horner, whose Red Bull team leads both championships, adding: “We don’t want a championship decided in the courts of law or in Paris in front of the FIA.”

“We have six months out of the year to address this, we have to act now.”

2016 world champion Nico Rosberg discusses the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate George Russell.

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2016 world champion Nico Rosberg discusses the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate George Russell.

2016 world champion Nico Rosberg discusses the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate George Russell.

Horner also highlighted the risk of jobs being abandoned altogether and the cost cap.

“I think the best teams would have to get rid of around two hundred, three hundred people each, to come close to tackling it,” he said. “It’s okay?

“The problem is that if the cost cap fails badly, it will be gone forever.

“We need to find a solution to this problem. No one could have predicted this. We lowered the cost cap by $35 million during the pandemic, and no one could have predicted the problems we have.”

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