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RBR wants rules, not FIA, to police spending

19 March 2012


Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has revealed that he, unlike the majority of his rivals, would be opposed to using motorsport's governing body, the FIA, to oversee a reworked Resource Restriction Agreement.

Speaking in reaction to news that teams' association FOTA and the dissident Ferrari operation are to approach the FIA with a view to it playing a role in policing spending controls, Horner insisted that, in his opinion, it was entirely the wrong route to be following.

Both Ferrari and RBR pulled out of FOTA at the end of last season, but for different reasons, with the Scuderia concerned that Red Bull may have been flouting the controls and Horner's outfit because it was unhappy with the way in which the agreement was worded, feeling that it was possible for 'works affiliated' teams to hide spending in costs attributed to road car divisions. Only Red Bull and sister team Toro Rosso have abstained from signing a letter requesting the FIA's involvement.

"I don't believe the RRA is the right or effective route," the world champion team boss told BBC Sport in the wake of the Australian Grand Prix, "[It's also not] one the FIA should really get involved in, because it's fraught with complications.

"Our feeling is that the most effective way to control costs is through the technical regulations. Controlling tangible things like the amount of people we have at a grand prix, the amount of engines, gearboxes, the amount of testing we can do, are clear and transparent ways to control costs. Red Bull aren't in favour of frivolous spending, and we're as keen as anyone to control costs in F1, but to try to do it through equivalence as the RRA is constructed is fraught with problems."

Horner revealed, however, that RBR would be open to supplying new teams with 'customer cars' as proposed by Bernie Ecclestone in the build-up to the season-opener [see story here], but would face opposition on that front from the likes of McLaren principal and FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh, who admitted last week [see story here] that he was against turning F1 into a customer class.


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