FIA, Liberty Media cold to calls to delay 2021 rules package until 2022
Different cars, budget caps expected to be at core of new rules package
Despite concerns from even the biggest teams in the sport, Formula 1 has no plans to push back the 2021 rules package to 2022..
November 24 is the newest deadline for the publication of the 2021 rules, featuring radically different cars and a budget cap. However, there are concerns that as soon as a 2021 budget cap is announced, the big teams will go on a spending spree in 2020.
“I think with hindsight we would have been better bringing the cap in first for 2021 and then taking more time to develop these regulations and bring them in for 2022,” Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said in Mexico, ahead of Sunday’s F1 Mexican Grand Prix.
Horner said he is worried 2020 will otherwise be a very expensive year that will create a broader gap between the big and the smaller teams.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff backed Horner’s proposal, but added that “It didn’t trigger enough appetite with the ones who decide.”
Wolff said the FIA and Liberty Media are therefore still on schedule to publish the full 2021 regulations next week.
“I don’t think these regulations are going to be stopped,” Wolff said. “It’s been made very clear that this is moving forward. There will be tweaks and changes in detail and interpretations but broadly I think this is moving forward.”