F1 » Dennis 'very nervous about ability of F1 teams to sustain'


Former long-time McLaren team principal Ron Dennis admits that he worries about the future of F1 and 'the ability of teams to sustain' in the most expensive sport in the world.

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Paddockman - Unregistered

June 22, 2011 6:02 PM

Calvin: It's not English, it's "Ronspeak", a special language for which Ron was well known among F1 journalists in his team principal days.

And, on the subject of Ron's team principal days, was he not the one who objected most vociferously when Mosley started cost cutting back in 2003?

I seem to remember him saying: if they can't afford it, they shouldn't be in F1.

speedtrap - Unregistered

June 22, 2011 7:03 PM

Ron is right to be nervous. Many teams have come and gone, and many of those should never have started in the first place. New teams need to be properly funded.
The other side of the story is that Max had this big cost cutting campaign which was good in theory, but did not work in practice for the simple reason that any changes that are made to the rules,(scrapping slicks for grooved tyres, long life engines, long life gearboxes, Kers, etc etc) costs the team 10's of millions to implement. In the case of new engines, it costs hundreds of millions. We've lost Toyota, BMW, Honda, Ford, and soon Renault will be gone.
It's all looking decidedly dodgy for the future.

Jim C - Unregistered

June 22, 2011 7:18 PM

I've always considered raising the money to race F1 as part of the competition. If you want contrived racing at the lowest common denominator there is Nascar. Changing the rules to accommodate poorly financed teams will not work. That's for any series. There are only two types of auto racing I will pay money to attend. F1 and World of Outlaws sprint car. I do attend Moto GP and WSBK. I used to attend AMA road racing until they changed the rules to make racing less expensive. Here again, it doesn't work.

Rob01 - Unregistered

June 22, 2011 9:41 PM

HRT,Virgin,Lotus,Williams,ToroR.. all teams that could crumble/pirelli at anytime. Red Bull just showed Nascar that it could leave at anytime. They based it on poor results. If Red Bull starts to get poor results in F1 would they pull out? Sounds like a yes. Keeping in mind that they are a drinks company. At anytime the market for them could change. One new energy drink that grabs market share could kill a number of the hundreds of sponsorships they currently have. So Ron recognizing the fragility of the sport is probably spot on.

Mark _

June 22, 2011 10:22 PM

I am not sure what RD is trying to accomplish with this statement. Is this his way of saying that the teams need a bigger cut of the take or that the technical regulations need to allow for lower financial commitment? Or his he just talking up the road car program being more important than F1 for McL?

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