‘Where does it stop?’ Horner’s anger over F1 pitstop control.
“Formula 1’s about innovation and competition and seeing pitstops sub-2s is a remarkable feat.
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“We should be encouraging it, not trying to control it, otherwise where does it stop?
“We’re going to be told which way to walk into the garage, where we should sit on the pitwall and which buttons we should press, I guess.”
Horner told SkySportsF1 that “It’s been an exciting element [of F1]”.
“Can a group of people change a wheel in less than two seconds? We’ve demonstrated that with the world records that we’ve achieved.
“But you’re going to dilute that and take that away now and control pitstops to make them pretty much the same time.
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“It takes away the competitive element of it.”
Horner has said that “if you can’t be beaten, then obviously the most logical thing is for your competitors to try and slow you down and that’s obviously what’s happening here” – implying that title rival Mercedes has contributed to the FIA’s new directive.
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has admitted that there had been “some question marks on some things” internally and said Mercedes had recently sought clarification from the FIA on “a safety mechanism” but stress it was a question related to technology and that he did not know if that influenced the FIA’s new rules.