Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has suggested that Formula 1 ban the use of windtunnels in an effort to dramatically reduce costs.
Cost-cutting measures remain a hot topic as the new season starts. The spread of pay drivers and teams struggling to pay their debts is fuelling the need for reduced budgets.
Speaking to Autosport, Horner suggests banning windtunnels is the right way to go as not only would it same teams money, they can then rent them out to bring money in.
“If you wanted to go really extreme and be really controversial, get rid of the windtunnel,” said the Briton.
“It’s an expensive thing to run and to feed with components and parts. Get back to engineering ingenuity.
“Give everybody the same microchip for the CFD cluster and make it down to the brainpower within the team as opposed to computer or windtunnel power,” he added.
“As a business – as Sauber has demonstrated – they’re subsidising a Formula 1 team by making their windtunnel available to third parties.
“There are always ways. Frank [Williams] has two windtunnels, and his team only uses one.”