Christian Horner has continued to criticise Formula 1’s current engine regulations by explaining they have ‘zero road relevance’ to road cars and the sport should focus on drivers and teams rather than technology.

The Red Bull team principal has been a long-time opponent to the V6 turbo hybrid engines since they were introduced to F1 in 2014 and is urging the sport to change its regulations at the earliest possible point.

Horner’s fresh criticisms came after it was announced McLaren had split from Honda to begin a new partnership with Renault as power unit supplier, with Honda starting a new deal with Toro Rosso, while in the background Red Bull’s engine future also came under question.

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Reports from Singapore suggest Renault is aiming to pull out of its deal with Red Bull at the end of the 2018 season, having taken a lot of criticism from the team despite helping it to four consecutive F1 world titles between 2010-2013, with the Milton Keynes-based squad linked to potential switches to Honda or Aston Martin.

With Toro Rosso hoping to turnaround Honda’s F1 fortunes in 2018 it is believed if the Japanese manufacturer can produce a competitive engine Red Bull would aim to strike up a deal but has also drawn on its current technical partnership with Aston Martin as another option.

Regardless of Red Bull future engine direction, Horner wants the regulations changed as he feels any road car development in racing will be focused on Formula E after a number of manufacturers prepare to enter the all-electric series.

“There is zero road relevance what we have here,” Horner said on Sky Sports F1. “The engines make no relevance to what is happening in everyday road car use and the aerodynamics don’t crossover.

“Formula 1 is an entertainment and a sport which is why people watch it to see the best drivers in the best car. It should be predominately about the drivers and of course then the team element as well.

“This goes back to what I have said before with F1 being at a crossroads and it needs to pick a direction. The manufacturers are now favouring Formula E as there technology route and that to me makes a great deal of sense.

“Formula 1 is about emotion and drivers racing wheel to wheel – man and machine at the limit. It needs to look great, be a real challenge for the drivers and sound fantastic. They are the three elements we need to get back to.”


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Completely agree. Hybrids are common but I've never heard of a 1.6 V6 ICE in a road car. 

Smart guy. F1 isn't about lap times and road relavant etchnology, it's about NOISE, badass drivers makin badass moves in badass cars. There isn't any present or future F1 fan that cares about technology transfer, we just want the spectacle in best gladiatory fashion with reasonable price. I'll never forget my first contact with F1 in 1998., when Ferrari mechanics fired up Schuey's car for Austrian GP warm up in the morning ... the birds stopped singing, the time stopped... little children started screaming for their mothers, begging for ear plugs...THAT'S F1! And the race itself was hours away! Hybrid techology is good - for plants! Panem et circences! Bring the noise!

I don't normally agree with Horner, but he speaks common sense here and is voicing the view of most F1 fans. Let's hope the FIA etc listen to him. Trouble is Todt thinks the exact opposite.

The hybrid tech and energy recovery systems and so on have their place, but it's Endurance racing such as Le Mans.

The turbo hybrids are expensive and complicated. F1 would have been better served by following MotoGP sticking with the same or similar engines as before but limiting fuel tank size and number of engines per season to save costs.

@cruachan Manufacturers are running away from LMP1 Le Mans racing as the hybrid technology is expensive and has no R&D value any longer. LMP1 offers no price money return like F1 does. Mercedes and Ferrari have their expenses covered. All other teams are *****.

latest amg merc hypercar is using a twin turbo version of the f1 engine !  so there certainly is some relevance.

But the spiceman said there is no road relevance, didn't you hear him repeating this line from time to time in the dry period for the catpissinacan producer?.

How can someone in the sport be so clueless about it. F1 has always been about the constructors and teams, not drivers. The money is paid to the team's under the WCC, the WDC pays nothing. The history of the sport included drivers moving from team to team like contractors. Not one F1 team has been formed by a driver, with but one exception in Burney, for a brief moment. All other drivers are hired guns, recruited by teams.  F1 can be as much about teams first as any other. Football, soccer, baseball, hockey, volleyball... all entertainments. Yeah, drivers are stars, like quarterbacks, centers, et al.., does not make the sport all about drivers. In fact, the only way to change the sport to driver centered racing is to go to spec racer cars, all exactly the same. That's not F1 at all. As far as road relevance... who is he kidding. Every new superstar is a hybrid. Most top level brands are moving rapidly to hybrids. The UK is moving to end ICE technology, Germany has expressed similar sentiment. Engines are getting smaller, with forced induction, assisted my electric motors, from pickup truck and SUVs to lux touring cars. They have Austin Martin convinced that ICE technology has life in it, to introduce an obsolete super car in 3 years wit no hybrid components at all.... in a market, that by then will be 100% dominated by super fast hybrids. He is wrong on so many fronts, he's on the edge of sounding completely out of touch.

"Not one F1 team has been formed by a driver"     that comment shows how little you know about F1 !