Formula 1 Strategy Group has to 'make progress' - Horner

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says progress must be made at Wednesday's meeting of the Formula 1 Strategy Group if the body is to maintain any credibility

Formula 1 Strategy Group has to 'make progress' - Horner

The alliance, made up of Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Williams and Force India plus F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and FIA president Jean Todt, has come in for criticism of late, with Horner recently describing it as "inept".

Meanwhile, earlier this month Ecclestone said the influence the leading teams now have on F1 is having an adverse effect compared to when he and then FIA president Max Mosley were in charge.

Ahead of Wednesday's meeting, Horner said: "We need to have progress tomorrow. It's an important meeting for the credibility of the group.

"The purpose of the group is to discuss and decide on the strategic direction of the sport.

"It's not there to write regulations or make regulations, it's there to agree on what direction the sport can be heading in.

"We need to get back to the basics of what that group is for and make sure we're on the same page."

Horner added that his idea of potentially bringing in an independent consultant to make a decision on the rules is something the teams "need to discuss tomorrow".

F1 'HAS MISSED CHANCE TO BE SUSTAINABLE'

Meanwhile, Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley reckons F1 has lost the chance to become a sustainable championship after fruitless discussions about its future.

Fernley, who along with the other smaller independent teams has long called for a fairer distribution of prize money, believes F1 has dithered for too long.

"I think we've lost the opportunity to secure Formula 1's sustainability by not addressing cost controls and by not looking at the distribution of income," he told AUTOSPORT.

"So, I think that's a major missed opportunity.

"I don't think we'll recover from that so, for the moment, there's going to be quite a significant amount of disparity between the manufacturer teams and the independent teams and that will carry through to 2016.

"I think at some point, we're going to have to address that.

"Hopefully by the time we get to the 2017 programme and a clean sheet of paper effectively with the car, maybe we can also look at how we can get better sustainability and common sense will have come into some people in the organisation.

"The way the system is at the moment, Formula 1 is dictated by the permanent members of the Strategy Group.

"Their self-interest is distorting the betterment of Formula 1."

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