Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley says the “game plan” for F1's future has been revealed over the past few weeks.
Following the plights of Caterham and Marussia, the United States Grand Prix saw Force India, Lotus and Sauber unite in calling for changes in the way funds are distributed in the sport. With Sauber's Monisha Kaltenborn saying there is an agenda among the bigger teams
, Fernley said the sport was seeking less constructors ahead of bringing in customer cars and insists Force India is ready to fight on.
“Our main goal was to try to save money by doing cost control, it wasn't asking for money,” Fernley said. “What the demise of Caterham and Marussia showed was there's a problem in the equitable split of incomes. That hasn't gone away.
“So you've got costs running out of control and you've got income that is totally inequitably split, there's something amiss somewhere. Now we know what the game is, we can work with it.
“From our point of view we're quite comfortable. We know what the game plan is, the last few weeks have now exposed what the game plan is. We just want to make sure that we stay a constructor and we will work hard to do that and be competitive.”
And Fernley explained that increased costs which have led to substantial losses for some teams will not threaten Force India's immediate future.
“Our costs have gone from let's say $10m to $30m plus, in the order of that area. So our powertrain is significantly more expensive. Our preference was to try and get costs under control, we were never asking for money. If you can't get costs under control and then you've got teams failing … even Williams with the wonderful, wonderful job that they've done; posting a £20m loss? It's not all good.
“From our point of view - certainly Force India's point of view - our budgets are as good as they have been for the last seven years. We can run, what you would like to have is more comfort to be able to do it properly.”