F1 » Kaltenborn: Budget cap the way to go for F1

Sauber CEO Monisha Kaltenborn has suggested that a budget cap with freedom for teams to allocate their spending could go some way to ending inequality in the top flight.

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April 02, 2012 3:14 PM

We need a F1 with twelve teams that are all competing for the win. How fantastic would that be ? Not this three division F1 that we have now. I just don't see how a budget cap can be fairly policed , with many of the manufacturer's hiding costs in there manufacturing divisions. Would love to see it happen but just don't know how.


April 02, 2012 5:24 PM

The problem is obvious yeah, it would be hard to police. But ideally, F1 should be a challenge between the drivers and between the engineers - not a spending war. However I think in questions like these it's important to listen to the proper racing teams, not just the teams that are funded as marketing projects by car manufacturers - even if these teams are the brightest shing stars at the moment. We've seen just how quickly they can pack up and leave when the going gets too tough. One of the reasons they can do that is because F1 is only a side activity for them.

The likes of Sauber or Williams can't simply pull out of F1, because it's just what they do. They will keep racing as long as they can afford to and if they can't, they will either fold or be forced to sell off the team. They are most certainly in for the long run. Their problem is they can't exactly threaten to leave either...

jose - Unregistered

April 03, 2012 12:22 PM

' Nonsense' You must be kidding..
All races in F1 the results is a directly conected to what
happens in the pits..
Maybe you should try watching Golf..


Nealio - Unregistered

April 03, 2012 9:12 PM

Lets face facts, racers will spend all the money they can get their hands on to win. In light of this wouldn't it make sense to craft technical rules that encourage developments that will benefit the auto industry, particularly in the areas of fuel economy and pollution control? Kaltenborn is correct, there is not a level playing field in F1. That is the nature of competition. Formula One eats teams for breakfast, lunch and supper and only the well-healed winners live to race another day. But by winning, a small team can become a big well-sponsored team, it's rare but exciting to see when it happens. Good luck to Sauber this season!

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