This season will see the first major change in the regulations since 2009, where teams made significant progress early on in the season as they explored new designs and pushed the rules to the limit.
Horner is expecting to see a similarly fast development rate next season. “Because the regulations are going to be pretty immature, like we saw in 2009 ideas will flow pretty quickly,” he told AUTOSPORT.
“So you will probably see quite a rapid range of development early on in the year as people are finding their feet.
“We have demonstrated over the last few years that we can develop the car effectively. Hopefully that will apply to next year as well.”
The 40-year-old predicts that pre-season testing and the early rounds will be plagued by reliability issues: “Reliability is going to be a fundamental issue in the first three or four races whilst teams get on top of the issues.
“It’s inevitable, as 12 days of running over three tests is not that much for such a big regulation change. You are going to see some early issues with these power units.”
Adrian Newey, chief technical officer at the team, believes they stand to lose the most out of the regulation changes due to the new V6 Turbo power-units taking centre stage.
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