F1 ON THE LINE: Red Bull team principal Christian Horner (left) talks with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. The duo face a daunting meeting over the sports future. Image: AFP/ Mark Thompson
LONDON, England - Formula 1 needs to make real strategic decisions at its meeting today (July 1 2015) after talking a lot about change and delivering little.
That's the view of Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, speaking at a pre-2015 British F1 GP event near the team's headquarters in central England
"It's a crucial meeting tomorrow," he said on June 30. "Really, some actions need to come out of it. The time for talking has come and gone. There needs to be definitive actions after the meeting."
URGENCY OF F1'S FUTURE
The sport's Strategy Group, which includes six leading teams (Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren, Williams, Force India) along with the commercial rights holder and governing International Automobile Federation (FIA), is due to meet in London before the sport gathers at the Silverstone track this weekend (July 4/5).
Previous meetings produced meagre results though one headline-grabbing decision from the previous one being a return to refuelling -- an idea which now lacks support.
Concerned about dwindling audiences (even though Silverstone expects a record crowd of 140 000 on Sunday (July 5) thanks to the local pulling power of British F1 champion Lewis Hamilton) the sport wants to make cars lighter, noisier and faster in 2017.
Donald Mackenzie, chairman of commercial rights holders CVC, told motorsport.com: "There is some urgency to see improvements, to make it more exciting."
Red Bull's engine partner Renault, and others, also want to be allowed to develop their engines during 2016 to close the gap to Mercedes but Horner said the group, which he dismissed only a week ago (June 2015) as "inept", needed to look at the bigger picture.
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Horner said: "The whole purpose of that group is to decide the strategic direction of the sport in the future - it's not there to finalise regulations."
Horner has advocated appointing an independent and highly respected figure such as former team principal Ross Brawn to help to write the rules. "We need to all get on the same page. It's a key element to tomorrow's meeting. There are some concepts that will be put on the table - we must converge on a majority position.
"It's time to take action. We've talked a lot, now we need to dictate a strategic direction for the sport."
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