Horner remains opposed to F1 cost cap and RRA

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has reiterated his opposition to placing a cap on teams’ spending in Formula One.

During the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend Horner said “We have been talking about a budget cap for about five years now. The hardest thing in the world is to police what a company spends”.

The idea of a budget cap in F1 was first raised by former FIA president Max Mosley in 2008. He attempted to introduce on in 2010 but the plan was scrapped amid objections from the teams.

The teams imposed spending limits of their own through a Resource Restriction Agreement agreed by them within the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA). But Red Bull and Ferrari left FOTA at the end of 2011 as they failed to reach agreement on how to apply the RRA.

Horner remains convinced the RRA is unworkable, describing it as “fundamentally flawed” at the last race.

He said it was impossible to place a limit on spending at teams and enforce it because “Ferrari operates in a completely different way to McLaren or Mercedes or Red Bull.”

“The best way to control costs is through stable regulations. For example the biggest impact on Sauber’s costs next year will be a change of regulations with the drive train, so really the most sensible way to contain costs are stable, clear and concise regulations – both sporting and technical.”

Have a decent tax refund coming? Buy Ayrton Senna’s 1993 Monaco-winning car

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Are you expecting a better than normal tax refund? Did you get a very nice bonus from your company due to the new tax cut?

Well, if you have a good chunk of change hanging around and potentially can be in Monaco on May 11, you can have a chance to bid on the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8A that the late Ayrton Senna drove in — and won — that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

We’re not just talking about any race winner. It’s also the same car Senna won his sixth Monaco Grand Prix, and the chassis bears the number six.

It’s also the same car Senna piloted to that season’s F1 championship (his third and final title before sadly being killed the next year) and is the first McLaren driven by Senna that’s ever been sold or put up for auction.

The famed Bonhams auction house is overseeing the sale of the car.

“Any Grand Prix-winning car is important, but to have the golden combination of both Senna and Monaco is a seriously rare privilege indeed,” Bonhams global head of motorsport, Mark Osborne, told The Robb Report.

“Senna and Monaco are historically intertwined, and this car represents the culmination of his achievements at the Monegasque track. This is one of the most significant Grand Prix cars ever to appear at auction, and is certainly the most significant Grand Prix car to be offered since the Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196R, which sold for a world record at auction.”

How much might you need? You might want to get a couple of friends to throw in a few bucks as well.

“We expect the car to achieve a considerable seven-figure sum,” Osborne said.

The London newspaper “The Telegraph” predicts the car will sell in the $6.1 million range.”

“This car will set the world record for a Senna car at auction,” Osborne said. “We are as certain as you can be in the auction world.”

While you won’t be able to take the car for a test drive before the auction, it’ll be ready to roar once you pay the price.

“In theory, the buyer could be racing immediately upon receipt of the cleared funds after the auction,” Osborne said. “All systems are primed and ready.”