F1 » FIA sets cost-cutting deadline

The FIA seeks to bring down the costs involved in competing in F1 alongside the current teams

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June 15, 2012 4:25 PM

There are only 2 ways to accomplish this: 1. Have all teams race essentially the same car. 2. Stop messing with the rules every couple of years.
If you implement 1 you have the IRL and we all know how that is working out. If you implement 2, well that will not happen with the FIA in charge because then they would lose power.
The solution as I see it is for the teams to take back their sport and have the FIA as the rules arbitrator only.

Rob01 - Unregistered

June 15, 2012 4:32 PM

Ferrari,RedBull and Mclaren already want to provide customer cars. This would be giving the backmarkers last years car. The bottom of the grid is screaming bloody murder not to move in this direction.

justasking - Unregistered

June 15, 2012 5:01 PM

Does bernie the money collector and his company still take 50% of the F1 income?

If so I see a way to get more money to the teams or am i too simple for this world of rich middlemen?

cknopp - Unregistered

June 15, 2012 5:13 PM

The fastest way to control costs in F1 is to force design disclosures at the end of each season. The teams will not invest a ton of money into tech that they have to give away every year, and it would also self police cheating.

I know many dislike this idea, but if you truly think it through, it is the only measure that cuts costs, allows a relaxing of the technical regulations, and helps to tighten the field. All without gimmicks, and develops a level of intra team cooperation that will only increase the value of the show.

Merlin - Unregistered

June 15, 2012 5:41 PM

"Lower the drivers wages considerably, use pump fuel,and get rid of those motorhomes. easy peasy."

They already use 'pump fuel', the drivers wages are just a drop in the ocean, and they've already spent money on motor homes, so there's probably no need to spend any more on them.

How ironic it is that Ferrari are now asking for what is essentially the same thing that they were so against, some three seasons back.

cknopp - Unregistered

June 15, 2012 5:42 PM


Those things cost very little compared to the wind tunnel and R&D.

They have to find a way to prevent teens of millions being spent on a handful of points of down force.


June 15, 2012 5:43 PM

redcarfan is right. the FIA is only supposed to be there as the arbitrator.

The solution is so simple. Just implement a budget cap. and then they can get rid of all the stupid rules that have choked the sport out.

Us fans are super tired of all the dumb rule changes that are supposedly meant to make the cars cheaper when all the new regs do is make the sport more expensive.

A true F1 rulebook would read like this...

- size and safety regulations
- spec fuel
- all tires homologated and submitted prior to season (5 compounds per mfg)
- no discplacement limit
- 150 million per team budget cap
- surface area limit to the cars (this would effectively limit the aero)
- Fuel tank size limit

And that is it. If they want to build a V-14 turbo with a tiny gas tank that has to be pitted every 5 laps than so be it. Watch another team build a V-8 with hybrid tech that doesnt need any pits.

And then the only freeze after that should be to the RULE BOOK!

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