F1 » FIA: Teams still committed to cost reduction

FIA confirms meeting to take place on May 1 to 'clarify the means to achieve a substantial F1 Team cost reduction'.

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April 11, 2014 10:11 PM

Unfortunately there is no way to effectively police a cost cap ... far too many ways to circumvent it.

What the FIA need to do is create a set of rules that make it pointless to spend more than whichever number they settle on.
If that is $50 million, then any team spending $10 million more should receive zero on track benefit for that additional spend.
In that way a team with a $1 billion has no advantage over a team with $50 million, so no reason to police how they spend their budget.

Creating those rules is the challenge though, especially while the teams are part of the rule making process.
And the old saying that you need to break a few eggs to make an omelette will have to apply.
Unfortunately, The first thing that will need to go is people. The combined paddock will need to come down to the size of the Mercedes GP staff compliment alone.


April 12, 2014 11:28 AM

“What the FIA needs to do!” whatever the FIA will do it is a guaranty that “it will all be because of what the FIA did”.
Some time ago it was being said that formula one's strategy group- the new rule making body could well be illegal.
This strategy group, which replaced the sporting and technical working group consists of 18 voting members equally split between the FIA, the rights holders and 6 leading teams, FERRARI, RBR, Mclaren, Mercedes, Williams and then the next highest placed team (now Lotus).

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