Christian Horner calls for strong governance to push 2017 regulations through

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Christian Horner has called on the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone to join forces and push through regulation changes for 2017 at a meeting in Geneva next Tuesday.

Plans to make the cars significantly faster and harder to drive need to be agreed by the end of the month in order to be introduced next season. However, suggestions they may limit overtaking and concerns there will not be enough time to develop suitable tyres for the increased aerodynamic loads could see a watered-down set of regulations signed off by the teams.

F1's Strategy Group and F1 Commission are due to meet on Tuesday next week to discuss the plans, but Horner believes the sport should not be run by committee and needs to push through the extreme regulations it first mapped out.

"We should not miss the opportunity for 2017," he said. "We need some strong leadership to decide what those rules are going to be. You are never going to achieve the right situation through consensus."

Horner says the FIA and Ecclestone should use the combined voting power they have in both the Strategy Group and F1 Commission to help bypass the demands of the teams.

"What you don't want to see is consensus and compromise which was what happened with the engines. We started with a four cylinder engine which was going to have an electrical bit but we compromised to a V6 with less of an electrical input.

"I think this is where we need strong governance and clarity from the commercial rights holder and the governing body to say these are the regulations we want to address the sporting spectacle moving on from 2017. Between the teams you are never going to sort that because there is too much self-interest at stake."

The introduction of new V6 turbo engine regulations in 2014 saw Red Bull slide backwards down the grid and the proposed changes are likely to play to the team's chassis-building strengths. However, Horner says F1 needs to project the drivers as the real heroes of F1.

"The chassis changes for 2017 need to put the emphasis on the driver and the cars for 2017 need big and difficult and powerful and really stretch the drivers so you get a bigger differentiation between them. I think that will be bigger spectacle for the fans and followers of Formula One. We have got a golden opportunity to address that and it's important we don't miss that in the next couple of weeks."