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“Every team is different, every structure is different, every operations works differently,” Horner said.

In 2011, Formula One teams mutually agreed to a Resources Restriction Agreement, but there was a split amid unresolved questions about whether Red Bull adhered to those agreed restrictions.

“Part of the challenge of Formula One is designing and building the most competitive car and then having the best drivers and working as a team. It’s actually the biggest team sport in the world. You’ve got 500-600 people, certainly on the top teams, designing and building two cars that are always evolving and changing,” Horner said.

“The cost controls that came in by limiting the engines, limiting the testing, allowed an independent team owned by an energy drink company to take on Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes Benz, which I think is healthy for independent teams,” Horner said.


USA! USA!: At every turn, Formula One officials and drivers are bombarded with questions about just how important the return of Formula One to the U.S. could be for the global sport.

Former world champion McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton said he’s glad to be back. He won the last U.S. Grand Prix in Indianapolis in 2007 and said he was shocked to see more than 65,000 fans at Friday’s practice sessions.

“It feels fantastic. I’ve spent a lot of time here in the U.S. so I feel at home. When we had the last grand prix in Indianapolis, I don’t think we had this many fans, even on race day,” Hamilton said.

Horner called the U.S. a critical market for Formula One and predicted Austin will be a popular race on the circuit.

“To be a true world championship,” Horner said, “you’ve got have a race in America.”

A concern for the teams is this weekend’s conflict with the season finale in NASCAR, which enjoys a huge fan base and television exposure in the U.S.

“I think the major problem is that whatever weekend you stick a Formula One race there’s going to be a NASCAR race,” Horner said. “They seem to race every single weekend.”