LONDON: The coronavirus crisis could lead to Formula One’s already postponed 2021 rules revolution being pushed back further to 2023, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said yesterday.
The package has so far been delayed to 2022 to save costs at a time when the sport and teams are facing a significant loss of revenues due to the lack of racing as countries go into lockdown.
The season has yet to start and so far two of the planned 22 races have been cancelled – the Australian opener and May’s Monaco showcase – and six postponed with no action likely before the European summer.
Formula One has said teams will continue to use this year’s cars in 2021.
“We’re also talking about pushing back a further year the new regulations, because in my mind it would be totally irresponsible to have the burden of development costs in 2021,” Horner said.
“There seems to be reasonable agreement but it needs ratifying by the FIA to push back those development costs into 2022 for introduction in the ‘23 season.
“The most important thing we need now is stability.
“Obviously some teams are more exposed than others, particularly the small ones, and it’s important that we try our best to protect the F1 community as best we can,” he added.