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Christian Horner dismisses Niki Lauda's comments regarding the future of Formula 1

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Lewis Hamilton sealed his fourth World Championship just over a week ago, yet this more than impressive news is not the hot topic in Formula One currently.

The FIA and the FOM recently revealed that they plan on making changes to the engine regulations for the 2021 season.

Now, changes in engine regulations are rarely received with open arms, and these have been no different. In fact, they have caused quite the stir.

The latest person to come out and voice their concerns regarding the sport's future is Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda. Mirroring the reaction of both team Mercedes and Ferrari as they were presented in Paris.

Former three-time World Drivers' champion Lauda pointed the finger as he revealed his issues with the future plans.

"The FIA, Chase Carey and Ross Brawn repeat that we need to level off the performance, but the DNA of F1 is the opposite.

"You are a fool if you think that to make grands prix more attractive you need to have a different winner every weekend. F1 is about competition.

"Instead, you want to penalise the best teams, and protect the drivers as if they are babies — with the introduction of the halo for example."

F1 Grand Prix of Malaysia - Practice

Christian Horner reacts to Lauda's comments

Red Bull have openly supported the plans since they were revealed, as they would clearly like the playing field to be levelled out somewhat.

Boss Christian Horner has emphasised this view by criticising Lauda and his lack of support of the FIA and the FOM.

"I think Niki's comments were... a little unfounded, unfair," Horner told Motorsport.

"For once, Formula 1, it's recruited some specialists in Ross Brawn and the team he's put together. And it's doing proper analysis.

F1 Grand Prix of Brazil - Practice

"Too many times there's been decisions made from the hip. And perhaps it's not going fast enough for Niki's liking, but I think the approach they are taking is the right approach.

"I think it's unfair to be giving them a hard time, when they're only nine months in and actually haven't presented their complete plan yet."

Now most fans would expect Horner and Lauda to have vastly different opinions especially considering the teams they represent.

F1 Grand Prix of Brazil

Levelling the playing field would no doubt help Red Bull and their quest to compete against the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes, whether it would make the sport more entertaining remains up for debate.

The new engine regulations have caused quite the stir and they will no doubt be the topic of conversation for the coming months.

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