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.”

Gabby Chaves to sub for Joao Barbosa at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

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Gabby Chaves is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International later this month.

The Columbian-American driver, who last competed in IMSA in 2016 – with the DeltaWing outfit – will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa – he hurt his wrist in a cycling accident earlier in June – in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

Chaves will partner Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Cadillac.

Chaves expressed gratitude for being asked to fill in, but kept his enthusiasm muted, noting that he is getting the opportunity ultimately because another driver got hurt.

“The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury,”said Chaves. “But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results.”

Chaves added, “I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there. I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic. So I am looking forward to racing at the Glen again, and I really appreciate this opportunity with Mustang Sampling Racing.”

Chaves’ most recent IMSA event was the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, when he finished seventh in the Prototype class.

The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac currently sits tied with the sister No. 31 Whelen Engineer Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr atop the IMSA standings, though Barbosa’s hopes of a driver’s championship are set to take an enormous hit with him missing Watkins Glen.

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