Liberty Media is finding it tough to get all stakeholders on the same page with respect to F1 rules and regulations following the 2020 season.
Ever since Liberty’s takeover all the talk has been about how the American firm would take the sport forward after the departure of Bernie Ecclestone.
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Liberty has laid down its vision of promoting the sport amongst the masses and making it more competititve, which hasn’t really gone down really well with the frontrunners of the sport(especially Ferrari).
Some teams have come out in support of Liberty, and feel that such a long-term perspective would ultimately benefit the sport and all stakeholders involved, as no one wants to see a sport that is dominated only by a couple of teams and drivers.
A level playing field would bring in more excitement to the sport, thus attracting more sponsors and maybe getting in more teams in the future.
The engine regulations blueprint has already been released and has brought about talk about a few teams maybe quitting the sport.
Horner feels that Liberty needs to layout a very clear picture for everyone by mid-2018, otherwise things could get messy.
“The problem will be if we go past mid-year then manufacturers will state there’s not enough time for 2021 so there’s a lot of positioning going on,” Horner said
“It’s crucial that the commercial rights holder and the FIA come out with a clear position and regulations – particularly on the engine – certainly by the middle of this year.” he added.
Things need to be sorted quickly according to Horner, as new teams, that might have to come in need time to plan all of it.
“It really needs alignment between the commercial rights holder and the governing body. As soon as they are on the same page it becomes irrelevant what the teams want.
“First things first is they need to align themselves and then present what they want the regulations to be, particularly as far as the power units are concerned.
“We’ve got interested parties sitting outside Formula 1 and again, timing is crucial for them if they are looking at entering F1 in 2021.” he concluded.