Christian Horner Has Given A Controversial Warning About The F1 Budget Cap – WTF1

Christian Horner Has Given A Controversial Warning About The F1 Budget Cap

The decreased budget cap for the 2022 F1 season has been a big talking point for fans and team principals alike. However, according to some, it seems the FIA may have pinched the purse strings just a little too tight…

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has warned that if the current £145 million budget is not raised, seven of the ten teams on the grid would have to miss the last four races of the season.

Speaking to The BBC, Horner added “It’s not just about the big teams. It’s teams in the middle of the field who are really struggling with inflationary issues.”

Whilst the ‘big’ teams stand with Horner’s views, midfield teams such as Alfa Romeo, Williams and Alpine have all voted against the idea of an increased budget. Interesting eh? 

In fact, many of the midfield teams believe that bigger teams are petitioning for an increased budget cap in order to keep up their season long spending spree in pursuit of an F1 world title.

Alpine Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer said “When freight costs go up by 2.5 million or 3.5 million but your development budget is 20 million, can you not make your development budget 17 million and still be under the cap? You can.”

Red Bull themselves were rumoured to have spent over two thirds of their developmental budget already, in an effort to keep up with title rivals Ferrari. However, these rumours were denied by Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko, who said “I don’t think we are in a significantly different position to Ferrari in this regard. Especially since I wonder what effect it has on them that Carlos Sainz has already crashed the car several times. That can’t be cheap.” Wow Helmut, don’t hold back! 

Helmut Marko Pretty Much Confirmed Kvyat Is Out At AlphaTauri © XPB Images

So, what do you think? Should F1 increase the budget? Or should it stay the same for all? Let us know in the comments.

6 thoughts on “Christian Horner Has Given A Controversial Warning About The F1 Budget Cap

  • keep it the same. Cut down on the entertainment budget and maybe the number of “celebrities” will drop off!

  • Increase the budgets. These teams spend 10s of millions of dollars to get the best performance out of their cars.. if they can’t because they can’t afford it, we’re not seeing the full potential of the individual teams..

  • randomlyassigned says:

    Absolutely not. It disproportionately helps the bigger teams, teams that absolutely do not need the help. Teams like Alfa and Alpine are in the mix in large part due to the cap, and holding steady on that will give them a fighting chance down the road. Horner is just trying to rig the game in favor of RB.

  • Am a Hamilton and MB fan, but Lewis can help out by selling some of his bling to beef up the funds😂

  • Jeffery Males says:

    I’m a Williams fan. If you increase the Budget, It’ll become a 2 Team/3 Team Competition, as Mercedes will bw able to up their spending, & put their 2 cars back on the front of the grid, But Ferrarri, & Red-Bull will be able to spend up bigger, to keep their cars up front. The Back teams, like Williams, & Maclaren, wouldn’t be able to get off the Back Rows. Leave the caps as they are, but I think that the F1 should help the poorer teams become more competetive.

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