Christian Horner has dismissed the current engine regulations as a determent to Formula 1 by saying the V6 Hybrids have ‘done nothing positive for F1 since it was introduced’.

The Red Bull boss saw both his drivers pick up heavy grid penalties after taking extra power unit components than is permitted under the current rules despite qualifying a promising second and third at Monza.

But the grid penalties turned into a farce with a total of nine drivers out of 20 picking up penalties, including Romain Grosjean for qualifying outside the permitted time due to his Q1 crash, effectively making the qualifying results meaningless compared to the starting grid formation.

Horner saw both his drivers make strong progress through the pack, with Daniel Ricciardo going from 16th to fourth while Max Verstappen’s charge was thwarted by a collision with Felipe Massa, but had the two Red Bull drivers started where they qualified a podium result looked likely.

The Italian GP controversy has been seen as another episode of the engine rules hurting the sport and Horner is urging the F1 Strategy Group to reconsider its current position to change the regulations for 2018.

“This engine has done nothing positive for F1 since it was introduced,” Horner said. “What concerns me is that we are going to three engines for next year with more races. To me that should be number one on the agenda at the next strategy meeting. I tried to get it changed at a meeting earlier in the year but there was no support.

“I would hope that would now be different with teams incurring and staring down the barrel of future penalties between now and the end of the year.”

Horner agrees some form of punishment needs to be given in order to deter teams from stacking up a vast number of engines during a season and therefore allowing costs to spiral but says the current rules are failing.

“Obviously the penalty needs to be a significant deterrent because the whole purpose of this limitation of engines was also cost savings,” he said. “But it is not saving the costs because the engines are going on a world tour anyway.

“They are being used, and you are just incurring penalties as a result. So perhaps we need to get back to a more equitable balance, maybe five engines is the right number than four going to three.”

Horner has been a long-time critic of the V6 Hybrid engine era when it was introduced in 2014 having seen a Mercedes domination while his team as struggled to keep up with its Renault-powered cars.


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