Horner hits back at Lauda criticism of Liberty's future plans - Iforsports

Horner hits back at Lauda criticism of Liberty’s future plans

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has come to the defence of Liberty Media’s vision of the future of Formula One.

Just a while ago, Mercedes chairman and F1 legend Niki Lauda had claimed that he was “worried” about Liberty’s plans for a new engine formula and budget caps beyond 2020.

However, Horner believes that the criticism laid out by Lauda is “a bit unfair and unfounded”. Osterreich quoted Horner as claiming that a dip in profits for the sport was not a true indication of the work being put in by Liberty Media.

“They’re investing in the business, which is a different model than what we were used to,” he said.

Meanwhile, Haas team boss Gunther Steiner also concurred with Horner, saying that it is often difficult for people to see the sense in change initially.

“Niki and Bernie were together for 60 years, so probably change is more difficult to accept for them than for some others,” he said.

As for the new owners, F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn told the BBC that he was “a bit shocked” with how Mercedes and Ferrari have opposed the engine and budget cap plans.

“Reflecting on it, maybe we could have presented it differently,” he said, also claiming that he was more than open to suggestions at this point of time.

“But I didn’t anticipate the response to be as strong as it was. If that is the thing people are most upset about, then I apologise.”

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