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Horner fears Formula 1 title could ‘be decided in court’

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Requests to be allowed to increase the teams’ budget due to the rise in global inflation

BERLIN, June 24 (dpa/EP) –

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner fears the 2022 Formula 1 championship fight could “be decided in court” due to global inflation and the season’s budget ceiling.

The 10 teams on the grid have maximum annual spends of $145.8 million for the 2022 season, but with costs rising around the world, some have been pushing for an increase, including Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes.

Others, like Aston Martin, disagree, leaving Formula 1 organizers with a difficult prospect. Horner continues to push for the budget to be allowed to increase and warns that the title fight could be decided in court.

“The way you design your car is under your control, it’s something you create together with your group of designers. You are in control of your own destiny. But we see that right now we cannot control the rise in inflation that is affecting households around the world. In the UK we’re seeing inflation at 11 per cent,” he told Sky Sports.

Horner explained in this sense that this directly affects “workers, raw materials, electricity, basic products and parts”. “It is a force majeure situation that the FIA ​​​​has to deal with. Likely around 50 percent of teams will break the cap by the end of the year if things continue like this. Probably even more. “We don’t want a decided championship in court or in Paris before the FIA. We have six months to deal with it, we have to act now,” he warned.

Horner also warned that hundreds of Formula 1 jobs could be lost if the problem is not addressed. Red Bull leads the Constructors’ Championship by 76 points over Ferrari and the Drivers’ Championship, where Dutchman Max Verstappen dominates with 46 rental units ahead of his teammate, Mexican Sergio ‘Checo’ Pérez.


Source europapress.es

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