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F1 2026

Horner backs FIA over F1 regulations

Christian Horner has voiced his support of the FIA and F1, saying teams should "trust" them to get the new regulations correct.

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Christian Horner is not concerned that the FIA and F1 will get the new regulations right, following feedback after they were announced ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull team principal was quick to throw his backing behind the governing body and Formula One Management (FOM) amid suggestions there might be a push to alter the 2026 power unit regulations - which have been established for some time - in the wake of the chassis rules being confirmed. 

The complex aerodynamic approach has been met by a mixed response, with some raising safety concerns over the novel X and Z modes, which are a result of the new, less powerful engines.

When it was put to the 50-year-old that Nikolas Tombazis, FIA single-seater director, had said there was the potential to change the engine balance in order to lift performance - something Horner has spoken about in the past - he was asked if he feels that is a route that should be explored and whether he would be able to get other power unit manufacturers on board.

"There's always one that doesn't wanna change anything," he replied to media including RacingNews365. "Look, that's down to the FIA. It's never too late - they have all the knowledge and all the simulations.

"I think you've got to look at what's best for Formula 1 at the end of the day, and what will produce the best racing, so trust in them [the FIA] and FOM [Formula One Management] to make the right calls. But, whether that's required or not, I think they've got all the knowledge to know."

Tombazis was quick to calm fears over the chassis regulations upon their initial publication, reiterating that there is still work to be done, on which the F1 teams will be fully consulted over. 

However, Horner confirmed he was himself not concerned that ultimately things would head in the right direction. 

Whilst the regulations are due to be ratified by the World Motor Sport Council at the end of June, the Red Bull team principal was keen to stress that there is still plenty of time, highlighting how open the FIA has been throughout the process this far.

"Absolutely, the one thing we've got is time," he said. "And I think the FIA have been very open in their listening, they've taken the feedback... but I'm not too worried about it."

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