F1 » Ecclestone: Teams need to refocus

F1 ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone has hinted at the introduction of a budget cap if spending in the sport continues to run out of control.

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Richard Diamond - Unregistered

March 12, 2012 6:13 PM

Reducing costs is a given, it will happen.
An easy & cheap way is to put a few kilos on the weight of the car, not too much though.
Materials used for various components, for instance titanium bolts.
These could be swapped for steel, & I would be interested to know how much money this would save over the entire car.
Another idea would be to cut the highest spenders budget down to the 2nd highest from next year, then, the year after, the top 2 spenders would have to cut costs down the 3rd highest spenders budget.
This, in practicality would probably only affect the top 3-4 teams.
Or indeed, if the worlds' financial situation worsened, it could be extended to wherever neccesary.


Merlin - Unregistered

March 12, 2012 7:44 PM

The teams are wearing ear muffs and going La!La!La!La! again. But why not, when the easiest way to beat other teams is to outspend them. Or at least give the impression that you can outspend them, before it all goes tits up.

Rob01 - Unregistered

March 12, 2012 10:05 PM

He is saying this because the teams want MORE money from Bernie in the new Concorde. He is showing them that they can currently do well if they control their own house better. He has no desire to give more to the teams. He best way forward is to show them how to cut cost by using customer cars and budget caps. So in a nut shell he is telling the teams NOT to ask for more money with the new Concorde.

Sean Lander

March 13, 2012 3:53 AM

I feel one way to curb costs is to reduce the emphasis on aero.
Change the rules so that F1 becomes more about mechanical handling and driver skill.
This would also make the sport more relevant to the motor industry, which it isn't right now.
As much as I'd like to have KERS, DRS and the ability to drive upsides own through tunnels.

DreadUK - Unregistered

March 13, 2012 9:14 AM

@Sean Lander,

I have been banging on about this for years. All artificially induced 'downforce' should be stopped altogether. Teams budgets would drop like a stone- corner speeds would be reduced increasing driver safety- run off areas could be reduced so spectators could actually see the cars- overtaking would be helped as cars could follow each other through corners. The only thing that would (arguably) suffer would be lap times which everyone stupidly obsesses over rather than the competition itself. Let constructors use whatever configuration of engine they want- with no aero overpowered engines will have problems getting power downd and will shred tyres.

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