Questions over DAS and Racing Point to reignite as F1 returns in Austria - Horner

Red Bull Formula 1 boss Christian Horner is expecting the pre-season controversies - including Mercedes' DAS system and Racing Point's Mercedes-inspired design - to reignite at the Austrian Grand Prix

Questions over DAS and Racing Point to reignite as F1 returns in Austria - Horner

The two topics were set to be significant flashpoints at the original season-opener in Australia - along with the controversy over Ferrari's 2019 engine settlement with the FIA - before the unfurling coronavirus pandemic led to the last-minute cancellation of the Melbourne race.

Any protest over the legality of Mercedes' pioneering steering system or Racing Point's Mercedes-W10-inspired RP20 car can only be submitted once they have been run at a race event and this would then be adjudicated by the grand prix stewards.

This meant the topics largely took a back seat as F1, the FIA and the teams discussed the urgent rule changes made in recent months to help the championship endure the coronavirus crisis.

PLUS: Tim Wright's rundown of the 2020 F1 contenders

But with the 2020 season finally set to get underway with this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix, they are expected to come back to the fore.

When asked if he expected these paddock politics issues to immediately return in an interview with Autosport, Horner replied: "It's Formula 1 so for sure it will all come back.

"They're competitive teams, they're competitive animals and as soon as they start running... there's going to be question marks from the Mercedes DAS, the Racing Point, to whatever else might be on the on the agenda."

Horner also stated that a "holistic" view had been taken among the teams when it came to altering the rules help them survive the economic pressure caused by the pandemic - such as keeping the 2020 cars largely in service for 2021 and reducing the cost cap.

"There was a lot of activity with the FIA and the commercial rights holder to focus on the regulations and I obviously lobbied very hard to delay the introduction of the new cars - now it will be at 2022," Horner said.

"And I think that was the right thing to do, because the costs involved in introducing a new car within the timescales would have just been huge.

"Obviously the budget cap, there was some opportunism going on in some quarters, but I think a sensible conclusion was reached, with a responsible outcome.

"A lot then was focused on getting going and getting racing again and the compromises needed to do that - freezing certain elements of the car from this year into next year, that this assists everybody's cost basis as well.

"There were some big ticket items that there had to be a more holistic view taken - also on the engine side as well.

"So, it was certainly a busy period [between Australia and Austria], but I felt that the outcome was in the end very sensible."

You can read the full interview with Christian Horner in this week's issue of Autosport magazine, which previews the delayed 2020 F1 season and is available in shops and online from 2 July

shares
comments
McLaren: New F1 protocols should avoid repeat of its Australian GP withdrawal
Previous article

McLaren: New F1 protocols should avoid repeat of its Australian GP withdrawal

Next article

McLaren boss Seidl hopes overtaking aids like DRS will be scrapped for 2022 F1 season

McLaren boss Seidl hopes overtaking aids like DRS will be scrapped for 2022 F1 season
Load comments
Why thrilling Jeddah F1 circuit needs to be safer Plus

Why thrilling Jeddah F1 circuit needs to be safer

OPINION: Saudi Arabia's new F1 circuit delivered a memorable first event, although not necessarily for all the right reasons. In the wake of the chaotic race, drivers voiced their concerns about the track but small changes could make significant improvements ahead of a return in four months

The long-term F1 vision causing Haas’s short-term pain Plus

The long-term F1 vision causing Haas’s short-term pain

From ranking as one of the most impressive new teams to join the Formula 1 grid, Haas’s stock has plummeted along with its on-track performances over the past two seasons. Everything now hangs on whether its reforged alliance with Ferrari can deliver a better car – and whether its rookie drivers can set aside their quarrels. OLEG KARPOV asks if any of these goals are achievable…

The line Verstappen finally crossed in F1's first Jeddah race Plus

The line Verstappen finally crossed in F1's first Jeddah race

OPINION: Max Verstappen has made the 2021 Formula 1 championship. He’s taken the fight to the all-conquering Mercedes squad and its dominant champion, produced driving displays few can match. But he’s been on a controversial course too, and finally crossed a particular line in Jeddah

Formula 1
Dec 7, 2021
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

An ill-tempered Saudi Grand Prix made Formula 1 more soap opera than sporting spectacle at times, but there were some strong performances up and down the field on the world championship's first visit to Jeddah

Formula 1
Dec 6, 2021
How the Jeddah F1 race became a one-sitting Netflix drama series Plus

How the Jeddah F1 race became a one-sitting Netflix drama series

The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was a race packed full of incident as Formula 1 2021's title contenders repeatedly clashed on track. Lewis Hamilton won out over Max Verstappen to level the scores heading into next weekend's Abu Dhabi finale, as Jeddah turned F1 into a drama series

Formula 1
Dec 6, 2021
The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance Plus

The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance

Dropped by Red Bull last season, Alexander Albon has fought back into a Formula 1 seat with Williams. ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains what Albon has done to earn the place soon to be vacated by the highly rated George Russell

Formula 1
Dec 5, 2021
How Formula E factors could negate Red Bull's Jeddah practice gap to Mercedes Plus

How Formula E factors could negate Red Bull's Jeddah practice gap to Mercedes

Mercedes led the way in practice for Formula 1’s first race in Jeddah, where Red Bull was off the pace on both single-lap and long runs. But, if Max Verstappen can reverse the results on Saturday, factors familiar in motorsport’s main electric single-seater category could be decisive in another close battle with Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1
Dec 3, 2021
Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer Plus

Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer

Earning praise from rivals has been a welcome sign that Lando Norris is becoming established among Formula 1's elite. But the McLaren driver is confident that his team's upward curve can put him in the mix to contend for titles in the future, when he's hoping the compliments will be replaced by being deemed an equal adversary

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2021