Red Bull team boss Christian Horner thinks it is "unfair" to suggest Liberty Media has not been fast enough to enact changes in Formula 1 since taking over the sport in January, calling its work so far "commendable".

Liberty finalised an $8 billion deal to take control of F1 back in January, with previous ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone being replaced by a triumvirate to lead the sport, comprising CEO and chairman Chase Carey, commercial chief Sean Bratches and technical boss Ross Brawn.

Liberty has been focusing on improving the spectacle surrounding F1 since its takeover, with Sunday's United States Grand Prix featuring an expanded pre-race programme featuring driver introductions, plus a first foray into social responsibility by linking up with cancer charity Susan G. Komen.

Some quarters have accused Liberty of a lack of radical action given the stability in the calendar for 2018 and no confirmed new races or technical regulations for the future, but Horner was quick to defend the sport's leadership.

"I think that’s unfair. They’ve only run the sport for nine months," Horner said.

"I think they’ve been doing an awful lot of work behind the scenes, I think that rather than shooting from the hip they’ve put a group in place, under Ross Brawn, that is analysing the issues within the sport to make formed decisions.

"I think we’ll start to see what their plans for the future are once we head into the winter months, and I think what they’ve done at the moment, being commendable in many ways, in terms of opening it up, social channels, making things more accessible.

"But that’s window-dressing. In terms of dealing with the product, that’s the fundamental issue. That’s where Ross and his team have got a key role to play, as to what are the chassis and engine, and sporting and technical regulations are going to be for the future."

Teams are set to be presented the planned engine regulations for after 2020 in the coming week, with Horner expecting "an element of simplification, of cost reduction, and with the drive to be creating a closer competitive field" before the commercial future of F1 is defined at a later time.

"That'll get addressed later on. First of all, deal with the sporting, technical and cost side and then I think the commercial side will be a later discussion," Horner said.

 

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