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The emergence of Formula E has put Formula One in a tricky position ahead of its power unit decision that will be implemented from 2021, Red Bull boss Christian Horner said.

Since Liberty Media has entered the fray as owners of the sport, a lot of focus has been on future power unit regulations which are set to be introduced in 2021.

This debate intensified after Mercedes recently announced that it would be entering Formula E along with the likes of Porsche, Audi, BMW, Renault, Citroen and Jaguar.

Horner believes that key decisions will need to be made before the new regulations arrive which will dictate the future of F1 for the next decade. The key behind this would be to decide whether it wants to stick to the technology which trickles down to future road cars or head in a different direction.

“We have seen all these manufacturers now signing up to Formula E – that is where the technology belongs and where the electric cars belong,” Horner told Sky Sports F1. “Formula 1 is really at a crossroads because the power unit that is picked for 2021 onwards is probably going to have between an eight and 10-year life.

“What are people going to be driving on the roads in 2030? Will they be autonomous? Will they be electric? If you listen to our government, they’re saying they certainly will be (electric).

“So Formula 1 is at a crossroads where it has to decide what its future is. Is it outright racing? Is it combustion engines? Is it man and machine wanting to know who the best driver, with the technology perhaps playing a slightly lesser role?”

Horner said that the future regulations should ensure that eventually it is the better driver rather than the superior engine that ends up deciding the fate of the championship.

“I certainly hope the regulations that are brought in post-2020 bring those aspects to the forefront and that it is about the driver,” he said. “The team should absolutely make the difference, but it shouldn’t be a power unit-dominated formula, which is pretty much what we have today.”

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