Horner snaps back at Wolff over 2026 engine remarks

The two feuding foes are once again at each other's throats over the future of F1

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Christian Horner has snapped back at Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff over the future of Formula 1.

Wolff had suggested that Horner was trying to bend the rules in favour of Red Bull, who will partner with Ford from the 2026 F1 season onwards to provide power units, claiming he was frightened of what Mercedes might come up with.

Horner was having none of it and turned the switch back on Wolff, claiming he was only focusing on what would be good for him and Mercedes rather than the sport in general.

“That’s typical Toto where he’s just focused on self-performance,” Horner told the media.

“My interest is actually about the sport rather than self-gain. As a fan of the sport, it’s still too early to say who is going to have a competitive car or competitive engine in 2026.

“The most important thing from the sport’s point of view is that we all have a collective ability to work with the FIA to ensure that the product is as good as it can be, otherwise we’ve all failed.”

Not for the teams to decide

The FIA and F1 have dug themselves a big hole with the Concorde Agreement which allows F1 teams to vote on any major topics that crop up in the sport. They have already used this leverage to twice deny Andretti Autosport a place on the grid with money the only thing they care about.

These regulations should not be voted on by the teams at all. The FIA should instead be bringing engine specialists in to come up with a good solution and they can tell the teams ‘this is what’s happening, get on with it’.

FIA President Mohammed bin Sulayem during a press conference | REUTERS / Johanna Geron

Giving these manufacturers as much power as they have is always going to result in a bad result for F1 and it could prevent the sport from growing even more than it already has. The potential is huge with these new regulations and the last thing F1 needs is the teams ruining it with their own selfish ideas.

Where is the next F1 2023 race?

With the F1 circus finished in Austria, we move on to the 2023 British Grand Prix which will be held at Silverstone in Northamptonshire, England over the weekend of July 7-9.

Joe Ellis
Joe Ellis is a motorsport journalist with experience working in BTCC. He is the resident IndyCar correspondent for Total-Motorsport.com and a top class F1 writer.
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