Horner: Costs set to increase greatly next season

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has explained how the cost of participating in Formula One is set to significantly increase next season due to the new regulations that have not been introduced with finances in mind.

Next year, V8 engines will be replaced by turbocharged V6 power units, and with the re-introduction of in-season testing, costs are set to rise. Speaking to ESPN F1, Horner expressed his dismay at the situation.

“The costs are going to significantly increase,” he explained. “The engines are far more expensive, and to operate that engine… Just the radiator bill alone next year compared to this year is looking like it’s going to be double.

“Then of course we’ve added four in-season tests, so the teams have only got themselves to blame because each of the regulations that have been introduced next year will have a dramatic impact on costs.”

Horner explained that Red Bull has had to search for some new sponsors and partners to help ease the costs, but he acknowledged that the other teams may not enjoy such a luxury.

“The impact of next year’s costs for us could range anywhere between €25 million and €40 million. We have to go out and find that because Red Bull won’t fill that deficit and that’s why we have a lot more partners on the car.

“Thankfully we’ve been successful and we’ve managed to attract good partners and good prize revenues, but if you’re further down the grid it must be impossible to counter the increase in costs versus generating income.”

Red Bull will go in search of a fifth straight drivers and constructors’ championship in 2014 as Daniel Ricciardo joins the team as Sebastian Vettel’s teammate.

MRTI: pre-season testing Day 2 notebook

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Day 2 of testing for the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires saw two series hit the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course for pre-season testing. The Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda both got their turns on Saturday after the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires took to the 1.5-mile oval on Friday.

Both series got in two sessions apiece during the day. Below are quick reports for Pro Mazda and USF2000.

Pro Mazda: Thompson, Askew Lead Opening Sessions

A pair of USF2000 graduates led the two sessions for Pro Mazda. In Session 1, it was Parker Thompson and Exclusive Autosport leading the way, while Cape Motorsports’ Oliver Askew, last year’s USF2000 champion, led the way in Session 2. Times from both sessions are below.

Juncos Racing’s Rinus VeeKay, last year’s runnerup in the USF2000 championship, also put in a strong showing, ending up second in Session 2.

This was also the first official session for the brand new Tatuus PM-18, and it’s first official outing showed off quite a bit of speed. Lap times were reportedly upwards of four seconds a lap faster than the previous Elan Pro Mazda chassis.

USF2000: Pabst Racing, Cape Motosports Lead the Way

The teams that battled for last year’s USF2000 crown, Cape Motorsports and Pabst Racing, traded early blows during Saturday testing, with each team leading a session.

Pabst Racing’s Rasmus Lindh led the way in Session 1, with four Pabst cars in the top five, while Kyle Kirkwood led Session 2 for Cape. Times from both sessions are below.

However, it should be noted that DEForce Racing’s Kory Enders spent most of Session 2 at the top of the speed charts before getting pushed down to third late in the running. With the top three finishers from last year’s USF2000 championship all moving on to Pro Mazda (Askew, VeeKay, and Thompson), this USF2000 season could be anyone’s for the taking.

Of note, Keith Donegan, who signed with ArmsUp Motorsports after winning the $200K scholarship from Mazda Motorsports in November’s Mazda Road to Indy Shootout, was 16th in Session 1, but did not turn laps in Session 2.

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