Christian Horner, Red Bull team principal, explained why it might be difficult for potential new teams to join the sport. It could also affect the financial health of existing ones.
Christian Horner explains a block that could hinder new teams joining F1. Each season has seen 10 teams participate, sharing the prize money pool.
Each team would be eligible for less prize money if they were to join the others. Andretti Autosport, an American brand owned and raced in IndyCar by Michael Andretti, has expressed its desire to be involved in the sport.
Andretti had been linked to the takeovers by both Alfa Romeo-Sauber and Haas teams last year, but they were unable to agree after talks fell apart. Horner would like to see F1 teams grow, but is concerned about the financial impact on existing teams.
“Money is ultimately going to be a significant factor,” Horner told reporters after Red Bull driver Max Verstappen won the inaugural Miami Grand Prix on Sunday. “I see a question, really for [F1], that if they want more teams, they’re obviously going to have to dilute their share of the fund, because it would be unfair to expect the other teams to pay for the additional new entrants to come in indirectly.
“I think it’s great that there’s the interest from new brands, and a team like Andretti, a great name, but I think it’s something that, with [F1 owner] Liberty [Media], it’s their business model that they need to work out for the future.”F1 will soon welcome Volkswagen Group, when its engine designs will change. F1 will have both the Porsche and Audi brands represented.
Red Bull had been linked to the latter regarding an engine deal. Horner said nothing. “It is obviously great, the commitment that VW stated, as a parent company to both Porsche and Audi, that they’ve both got the intent of going into Formula 1,”He elaborated.
“We’ve just started a new journey as a power unit manufacturer for 2026, so, of course, it would be logical for us to look at all discussions about a potential cooperation.’ It’s still very early days.”Max Verstappen was still concerned about the reliability issues with his Red Bull car after his victory in Miami. The Dutchman is mixed in his results thus far in this season. Verstappen won three races in Jeddah and Imola but did not finish the other GPs of Bahrain or Australia.
“We just have to nail down a really positive weekend without issues,”He said this when he was asked about the issues of his team. “I think, of course, Imola we had that, but it’s still a bit of a hit and miss too much. So we just have to make sure we are more reliable and more on top of things.”Horner, however, insists that the car is ‘not fragile’That the team is committed and working together to resolve all issues.
“I think there have been niggly things you would normally have seen in pre-season testing that have only reared their head as we have got into the season, so that’s been frustrating,”Horner, according to GPFans. “We are working closely with HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) and they are giving us great support, so I think we will get those ironed out.”