F1 » Whitmarsh: F1 teams in 'survival mode'

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh says some teams on the grid are in 'survival mode' due to the ongoing financial issues affecting the global economy

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oldtimer - Unregistered

February 15, 2013 11:30 AM

The change to new engines is a classic example of shooting one's self in the foot. There was no good reason why this could not have been delayed for a few years to allow things to improve. In addition as things stand there wil be less engines available to share round, if any new teams do manage to come forward what are they going to use, The current suppliers are all pretty committed and I don't see any new suppliers on the horizon at present. The situation is not helped by Bernie welcoming teams in when he wants them and then saying they are a heap of **** and he wishes they would go away because they don't project the correct image for F1. Hopefully before I am tucked up in my box sanity will prevail!

bcgallacher - Unregistered

February 15, 2013 11:35 AM

Much of what Martin Whitmarsh is true - I think that the cost of the new v6 turbo engines will be the final nail in the coffin of some of the less well financed teams.It was an insane proposal at a time of financial austerity when the teams came in on the promise of reduced costs.

gary - Unregistered

February 15, 2013 12:18 PM

i just cannot understand why the larger teams cannot sell chassis to the smaller teams they already supply kers gearbox and electrics. So surely in today's world when Europe and North America are living in a period of sustained austerity we cant adopt an approach which makes f1 Healthy for the smaller teams by dramatically reducing the costs but at the same time increasing the spectacles for the TV audience by having a closer grid and ability for smaller teams to actually fight for points


February 15, 2013 1:15 PM

bcg. the cost of the engines to the teams, WILL be reduced. for two reasons.

the development costs are being borne by the engine manufacturers, and the engines will be providedto all teams at a set price. a price that is setby the fia, and will be the same or less than the v8.

teams will only be allocated FIVE engines per driver, rather than the current EIGHT, so therefore the teams will in fact make a SAVING.

oldtimer - Unregistered

February 16, 2013 9:11 AM

I am well aware of the arrangements re the new engines, thank you Richard for pointing it out. But the fact remains that the point I was making was that it was not nesscessary to implement it now. In addition I cannot for the life of me see how having to design and build totally different cars is going to save anybody money. This has been pushed forward because it is seen to be doing "the right thing" and not because it is wanted or even nesscessary. Hopefully some more major manufactures will be persueded that it is in their interests to come in but with several such as Honda and Peugeot/Citroen losing money I don't predict a great rush


February 16, 2013 1:27 PM

oldtimer, the fia has already delayed the introduction of the new engine formula. The current v8 has been run for 8 years. Even in a spec series you must move the target on occassion.

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