Horner: F1 cannot miss opportunity to change tech regs for 2017

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Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner says that Formula 1 cannot afford to miss the opportunity to change the technical regulations in time for the 2017 season.

A series of radical changes are being planned for 2017 in a bid to improve the standard of racing in F1 by making the cars quicker, offering more durable tires and increasing downforce.

However, with the F1 Strategy Group is struggling to agree on a common set of regulations, there has been speculation that the change could be postponed until 2018.

Speaking to reporters in London earlier this week, Horner said that the series could not afford to miss the chance to enact change for 2017, even if it required a strong hand to push through the changes.

“No, we should not miss the opportunity for ’17,” Horner said. “I think we just need some strong leadership to decide what those rules are going to be.

“You’re never going to achieve through consensus the right situation.”

Horner confirmed that any changes had to be agreed by the end of February, setting a time frame of just over a week to get the changes pushed through.

The Red Bull team boss said that much of the decision to overhaul the regulations lies with FIA president Jean Todt and F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone, who received a mandate last year to push through changes they see fit.

“It really depends what position the FIA and the promoter takes,” Horner said.

“They have the necessary voting mechanism to do whatever they want if they’re aligned.”