Horner calls on FIA to rein in dominant Mercedes

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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has called on the FIA to rein in the dominant Mercedes team following the Australian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg finished half a minute clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in third place at the 2015 season opener in Melbourne, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo a lapped sixth at the chequered flag.

Horner says that Red Bull was constantly hit by regulation changes to temper its dominance between 2010 and 2013, and that it is only fair the same happens to Mercedes.

“When we were winning, and we were never winning with an advantage that Mercedes has, double diffusers were banned, exhausts were moved, flexible bodywork was banned, engine mapping was changed mid-season – anything was done to pull us back,” Horner said.

“That was not just us, it was done to McLaren and Williams in other years.

“The FIA, within the rules, have an equalisation mechanism; I think it’s something that perhaps they need to look at.”

Horner believes the continued domination of Mercedes is unhealthy for F1.

“I would fear the interest will wane,” he explained. “I didn’t see Mercedes much on the TV this afternoon and I can only imagine that’s because it’s not interesting watching a precession and the producer was looking to pick out other battles in the race.

“There wasn’t that many cars out there! The highlight for me was to see Arnie on the podium!”

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of Red Bull Content Pool

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