Frank Williams says he is against 'interference' when it comes to F1 team's spending, but admits that something has to be done to control driver costs in the sport.
Discussions are ongoing amongst the competing teams and the FIA about a way in which to control some of the costs involved in the sport, with the governing body keen to implement some kind of Resource Restriction Agreement.
Speaking to the official F1 website, Williams admitted it was difficult for an agreement to be reached that would suit every team – given the varying circumstances up and down the grid – but said he wasn't keen on anything that would see direct interference with team's finances.
“There are 12 teams and each operates in different circumstances,” he said. “We have several manufacturer teams. One of them is Ferrari, who seem to have a great deal of money and who are in effect subsidised. But that is fine - they are Ferrari. They are the core of Formula One and that is how it should be. That is fine with me. Take me, there are so many men in the paddock who have more hair than me and it has always pissed me off, but I live with it! You learn to get on with it.
“I am against any kind of interference. I don't want any third-party interference with one's business, to have people sneaking around wanting to check this and that. It's just like waiting for the taxman every day. Williams is not pleading for more restrictions. But I have said many times that we have to control driver costs.”
Talks over a new RRA come at a time when F1 is working towards a greener future, with new engines set to be introduced in the coming seasons in an effort to help make the sport more environmentally friendly.
Understandably, such a move will come at a cost to the competing teams, but Williams said there was an element of team's needing to 'go with the flow' when it comes to technological advances.
“Formula One is a high-profile sport - a high-profile business - and many companies seem to worry about being associated with Formula One, as in the eyes of many uninformed people it is a wasteful activity,” he said. “True, there will always be people who are against it for one reason or another, but if you ask manufacturers why they are in Formula One they will tell you it's for publicity. At such an exposed level as Formula One is, we probably should pay some consideration to the fact people expect us to be at the edge of development. We have to go with the flow.”