F1 » RBR wants rules, not FIA, to police spending


Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has said that he believes technical and sporting rules would police F1 spending better than the FIA.

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ATX2012 - Unregistered

March 20, 2012 1:14 AM

It is difficult to know the best solution, but Horner's concerns are legitimate ones. FIA would be the right organization to police technical regulations, but I doubt they have an army of accountants and auditors necessary to scrutinize the books of the factory-affiliated teams for expenditures buried within the factory business to avoid spending restrictions. Arguing for technical and sporting regulations is a plausible way to avoid some of the accounting sleight of hand, but as we've seen with the blown-diffuser controversy last year and the Mercedes DRS-based super-F-duct this year, the technical regulations aren't always much better.

I Win - Unregistered

March 20, 2012 6:51 AM

In my opinion, the FIA have a long history of making poorly worded and designed rules that have created a lot of unbalance or unfairness. They change rules mid-season or having out-clause rules to do what they want "in the spirit of the sport". I doubt they will be able to control the spending of teams. People like Briatore would eat the FIA for breakfast.

I Win - Unregistered

March 20, 2012 10:29 AM

@David Winstanley. Yep, same guy, although the courts apparently "overturned the ban, and granted him 15,000 Euro in compensation". "Life bans" often aren't worth the paper they are written on. How long did he get away with doing things like that for? Guy is loaded and has relations with Supermodels... poor guy.

I Win - Unregistered

March 20, 2012 11:12 AM

How are they going to properly audit a company the size of Mercedes who could sink development money all over the place? Secondly, why should they be allowed to see all the financials of a company like Mercedes? It is a racing organisation, not the tax department.

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