Red Bull team principal Christian Horner admitted being “surprised” by the statements of Aston Martin’s team principal concerning the new regulations as he thinks regulation changes are simply “part of Formula 1.”
Horner is one of F1’s most successful team principals, thanks to the four world championships he won in a row with Sebastian Vettel from 2010 to 2013. With all the experienced he gathered through the years, he admitted being surprised by Otmar Szafnauer’s behavior regarding the 2021 regulations.
Aston Martin’s team boss seems like he can’t over the new rules, as he already pointed out multiple times that low-rake single-seaters were completely disadvantaged by the 2021 regulations. Szafnauer even questioned the legality of the vote as he thinks the new rulebook was not voted unanimously, as it should.
Horner answered his counterpart, saying that regulation changes are part of Formula One and that they cannot always be in someone’s favor, enumerating all the times the Austrian team had to struggle with new rules.
“When there was a front wing change a few years ago it really hurt us. We voted against it, but you just have to accept it,” said Horner
“Whether it was blown diffusers, double diffusers, flexing wings, non-flexing wings, F-ducts, front wing regulations as I mentioned just a couple of years ago – it’s part of Formula 1.
“Regulations evolve and change and you’ve got to swing with those punches and that is F1,” he added.
The Briton supported his point saying that Szafnauer could have seen his problems coming as the vote for the 2021 rules was unanimous. Horner, therefore thinks it is naive for Szafnauer to think he will be able to change anything about it.
“It seems a little naive to think that suddenly the rules are going to get changed after the sample of a single race after the process has been fully followed. I’m struggling to get my head around that,” Horner told Sky Sports.
“Aston Martin or Racing Point would have had to vote for before being passed through the Formula 1 Commission and the World Council. They were all voted through unanimously.”