Horner says third car 'too expensive' for Red Bull

By on Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner says that the outfit would be unable to run a third car within its existing budget.

The concept of three-car teams has been a prevalent theme since the demise of Marussia and Caterham, with reports across the Brazilian Grand Prix suggesting that a couple of front running teams could run three cars in 2015, as per their contractual agreements with the commercial rights holder.

But Horner says that he would prefer to see a healthy grid of teams each fielding two cars.

"If there was a third car requested to run we couldn't do it in within our existing budget, of course we couldn't," he said.

"I think the numbers are pretty accurate. You're looking at €35-€40 million. The third car is only a scenario if the numbers drop, and there's not. At the moment it's not something we're planning, not something we're pushing for. If we're requested to do it then obviously we will have to look at it at that point."

"Personally, I'm not a big fan of three-car teams. I think it's moving away from what Formula One should be. But if there's no option, no alternative, then Red Bull has a commitment that yes we would have to run a third car. Red Bull's position is we want to see a full grid of at least ten healthy two-car teams.

"We have an obligation, as do a couple of other teams, that if the grid drops below a certain number then we will be required to field a third car. The numbers haven't dropped significantly low enough and we haven't been requested by the promoter to run a third car, so that is the situation."

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