F1 » Mosley: Resource restriction just lip service

As teams face an uncertain future financially, Max Mosley has blamed his successor as FIA president for failing to take a stronger stance against over-spending in F1.

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September 02, 2013 5:04 PM

There is a bit of a dodgy link between Mosley and Balestre - Nazi's!

And before I end up in court (Max) let me explain...

Balestre was a member of Jeune Front, a very right wing political party and he joined the French SS during WW2 (they were on the German side of things)

Max's dad was Oswald Mosley, former leader of the British Union Of Fascists and was jailed during the war basically because he might bat for the opposition.

There you go a story about Max Mosley and Nazi's that doesn't mention dungeons!


September 02, 2013 6:27 PM

So what was the problem with Ari Vatanen's nomination for President before Todt was put in charge? Was it because he was too honest and straightforward and popular within the Motorsport community, or because he would not have been prepared to, bend to the bullies within the administration of the FIA.
Any answers on a postcard!!!!!


September 02, 2013 11:33 PM

What's changed since this first appeared? Small teams dont spend enough to be worried by any cap and the big spenders will find a way round things as their accounts are commercially confidential.
One cost cutting item could be to put the maximum cost of an engine at £50000 - that being the cost to any customer. Instant saving to the customers and inducement to spend less money by the engine makers.


September 03, 2013 7:39 AM
Last Edited 813 days ago

This must be the moment for a serious review of the way that all F1 teams spend (waste) money.

The biggest teams are ludicrously overstaffed, I don't particularly want to watch a car that's being micromanaged by a dozen people watching screens in a backroom. I want that put back to the driver in the car on the day, on the track, in the race.

To try to get a more level playing field,I suggest a reduction in staff to say 200, a standard front wing, I would ban pit to driver (not driver to pit) radio. One allocation at the start of the year for tyres, and these tyres do not change spec through the year. At each race after the first 6 races, any team with less than half the points of the leading team will be allowed to use more fuel and is exempt from the "must use option tyre" rule. Maybe we should look at something like the CRT v MotoGP rules.

It cannot be right that RedBull have 312pts while T.Rosso, Sauber,Williams,Marussia and Caterham have less than 25pts.


September 03, 2013 7:50 AM
Last Edited 813 days ago

From Lotus onwards F1 teams are in financial trouble. £100,000 for a front wing is not sustainable, and obscene.

I don't want to watch just 10 F1 cars circulating, I like the fastest F1 cars, but I have always, and still do, like the small teams.

It will be a sad day if they are no longer there.

PS// sorry for the rant everybody, longest post ever for me!

Calvin _

September 04, 2013 12:13 PM

I don't really see how they can restrict spending. Do we arrive at a situation at the latter part of the season when a team has to stop all development work because they've exceeded the budget? What if the work relates to next years car?

Just admit that F1 is f'ing expensive. Sure, try to help the smaller teams, but trying to restrict budgets will be mighty difficult.The only way would be to audit post season and issue fines. Is the fine then part of the budget?

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