“It is a matter of achieving transparency and a fair and equitable system between all independent and manufacturer-owned teams, so that no party is at an advantage or disadvantage. The resource restriction needs to be sorted quite quickly, because at the moment it is unclear what rules we are working to in 2011 in many respects, so it's important a solution is found and I think one will be found.
“We've worked in accordance with the RRA limits since they were introduced. With tremendous hard work and internal efficiencies, we believe we've absolutely adhered to it. Red Bull
has committed its budgets wisely and it's obviously surprising that people will feel that way, but it's inevitable, I guess, when you're at the front and winning races.
“We expect other teams to potentially challenge [whether we have overspent], as they have done on front wings and ride-heights and everything else in the course of last year – but we don't have any issue. Red Bull
probably has the third or fourth-biggest budget in F1. We spent prudently and have achieved great efficiency within the factory, and we have to top that in 2011.”
“On something as fundamental as this, on something that's there to make the whole business you're in sustainable, if someone was to even breach the spirit of that, then that's extremely disappointing,” opined Graeme Lowdon, CEO of F1 2010 newcomer Virgin Racing. “I cannot see how anyone can level a criticism at an RRA. If it made a worse show, or watered it down, then there would be a case to answer – but it doesn't, so it's very disappointing if teams ignore something as fundamental as this.”
The confidential, commercial rights-governing Concorde Agreement will similarly expire in 2012, meaning the era of politics prevailing over racing may be far from over yet. Discussions are expected to accelerate this summer, with the spectre of a 'breakaway' threat – championed in particular by Ferrari
President Luca di Montezemolo – refusing to go away.