Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says any financial aid for teams in F1 should not come from those at the front of the grid.

Lotus, Force India and Sauber held meetings to try and force a change to the distribution of revenues in F1 after both Marussia and Caterham entered administration, causing them to miss the United States Grand Prix. While the first steps towards a resolution appear to have been found with a "base payment" being supplied to the midfield teams, Horner said any support should not be taken from the bigger teams.

"We have budget pressures, we have huge budget pressures but I have to operate within our budget," Horner said. "And so again, it is not going to be the right scenario. The deals are in place until 2020. If the commercial rights holder wants to put in place more money to the smaller teams then that is their choice and their responsibility. Teams are here to compete, not sponsor each other."

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And Horner said that, while he has sympathy for the smaller teams, he feels their revenue share has been increasing in recent years but says the final call comes down to Bernie Ecclestone.

"Of course I do (have sympathy) because I have run a smaller team in other formulas, we have been a small team as Red Bull when we came in, we had a minutiae share of the revenue compared to even what the back of the grid have today but when you look at F1, it is down to the promoter to decide how he wants to distribute and how much he wants to pay the different teams."


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The issue isn't so much about financial aid but rather making the sport more affordable so that 'lesser' teams can continue to participate.
Whilst the major teams will continue to attract the big-money sponsors, other sponsors will be tempted to support the smaller teams where they can get prominence at a lower cost.
The challenge for the smaller teams is to get sufficient of these 'second tier' sponsors to cover the costs.
Yet the sport has gone the opposite direction - the hybrid motors have dramatically increased costs at a time when the World economy is still struggling and getting sponsorship money is a challenge.
Essentially F1 has shot itself in the foot and the major teams are in denial as Caterham & Marussia disappear and Sauber, Force India & Lotus are looking vulnerable.
Horner et al can bury their heads in the sand but we could be headed towards 10 car races if the trend is not reversed.