Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes Formula 1 must decide upon its core objectives which will lead discussions on future engine regulations and hints new owners Liberty could hold the key with a focus on the show element of the sport.

Talks between engine manufacturers, both currently in F1 and interested in joining the sport, as well as the FIA and Liberty have been taking place to thrash out the future direction of the sport.

Liberty is keen to attract more manufacturers back to the sport - aiming to expand on the four current engine suppliers - while the new owners have placed strong focus on improving the spectacle of F1 as the pinnacle of motorsport.

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Horner would like to see future engine regulations play less of a dictating role in terms of outright performance having seen Mercedes dominant the V6 hybrid turbo era but feels any new engine rules must look into the future philosophy of F1.

"I think what's really interesting is that Formula One is effectively at a crossroads with the new regulations," Horner said. "The regulations theoretically come in 2021 and there will be probably and eight to ten-year life on those engines, so what we are looking at is actually is Formula One's relevance pretty much up to 2030.

"By 2030 how many people are actually going to be driving cars? Are they going to be autonomous? Are they going to be electric? The world is changing so fast in that sector.

"Formula One has some serious questions that it needs to answer today in the choice it makes for the engine for the future. What is Formula One's primary purpose? Is it technology or is it a sport and entertainment, and man and machine at the absolute limit?

"I sense that with the new ownership that has come into Formula One that creating great entertainment, creating great content, the noise, the sound, the exhilaration of seeing the drivers as the star is of absolute primary concern to them."

With the next new F1 engine regulations for 2021 set to be the next era-defining rules, Horner is confident the sport can relish a bright future if it keeps tabs on costs, finds parity within performance between different engine suppliers in a solution which thrills the fans.

"I hope that with the opportunity there is with the regulation change what should be discussed at the moment is the fundamental aspects of cost, performance and attractiveness to the fans," Horner said. "Therefore the noise and acoustics of the engines are a key factor in the regulations they come up with. That in turn will produce good racing, reduce costs and bring back some to the appeal that engines of a bygone era used to produce."

Recent meetings have unveiled plans to standardise a number of engine parts in order to keep costs down but the specifics of these parts are yet to be defined.

The noise of the engines has also been set high on the agenda at the most recent F1 Strategy Group meeting.


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I see Indycar are intending to use semi ground effect technology next year, along with smaller wings etc, to allow closer racing due to less turbulent air off of the car(s) in front. Perhaps F1 could look at this option?

I would love to see screaming V10s again. We all want F1 the way we use to remember it. However that impedes the progress of technology and F1 is suppose to be at the apex of technology. Constantly pushing the limits which sadly means abandonment of how we use to remember F1.

Manufactures do not want to invest hundreds of millions of $ without some return on investment. Manufacturers are held accountable by stockholders who want to see a profit, not $ going down the drain towards some fantasy. Anyone with a retirement account or career knows it takes profit to keep the doors open.

"With the next new F1 engine regulations for 2021 set to be the next era-defining rules, Horner is confident the sport can relish a bright future if it ...finds parity within performance...".

Erm, could someone remind me Mr Horner's views at the height of Red Bull's powers and dominance when, with a superior car, it reeled off four straight championships?!

F1 should be the summit of motor sports as it was before Mosley intervening. F1 does not have to be relevant to anything. It should be a showcase of technology and drama. Sound was the most striking feature of F1 before. Those screaming V12's and V10's cause your hair to rise. F1 cars were always more related to planes than cars. F1 must be the loudest, fastest (on a regular circuit, not an American speedway) and most strange looking category of motor sports as it has always been. If you want to develop road relevant technologies go to WEC. We want our F1 back.

I really, REALLY, would like to see rotary valves legalised. To see a real world relevant technology developed with F1 dollars. Ilmor did develop such a system just before Renault got wind of it and used the French connection to get the FIA to ban rotary valve technology.

Electric cars will probably have to carry a noise aid (generator) if their engine and tires will not make enough : for security reasons of pedestrians, other drivers a.s.o. .

Just give them all VW diesel engines.

Everyone keeps talking about the noise the engines make like it is the most important thing ever and that the engines could be singly cylinder 500cc as long as they make the right noise.

Don't get me wrong, I love the old V10s, but if the racing is exciting and the cars go fast I don't care if they make farting noises when accelerating and flushing sounds when decelerating.

Surely in 2021 F1 will be called Formula E....?

There needs to be an open market on engines in F1. Satellite teams being hobbled by 2nd rate engines from the key players in F1 is just a joke. The developement should come from the chasis and drivers not from receiving engines 40 HP lower from the team that supplied you the engine. I don't see why satellite teams even bother with this arrangement.