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Briatore rides cost-cutting horse again.

Flavio Briatore has said that, in his opinion, the introduction of KERS technology should have been done in such a way that all teams benefited from a common system, rather than having to each develop their own.

Speaking to journalists at the inaugural European Grand Prix in Valencia, Briatore was able to climb back on his favourite hobby-horse, the cost of competing in Formula One, addressing familiar topic such as the degree of manpower and escalating development spending

"You know, Formula One is a race, but it's entertainment as well," he sighed, "We need it to be more efficient. I believe it's possible to do the same job with at least sixty per cent less than what we spend now.

"If we're talking about new technology, to be the pioneer of new technology, we need to be sure of safety before introducing the car, because we have the responsibility to the driver. At the moment, we're talking about KERS. You know, on the one hand, we have frozen the engines because we want to have a more economical picture but, on the other hand, we are developing KERS and nobody knows how much it costs us. It looks like we've closed the window and we've opened the door, so it's a little bit strange.

"KERS is something that nobody knows how much it costs us. When you're budgeting something in Formula One, it's always fifty per cent more or a hundred per cent more. This time, it's fantastic because nobody knows much it costs, there is no limit.

"For me, I don't think it's the right way to push a small team to spend this kind of money. I agreed to develop together any system in Formula One. Formula One should develop KERS together. I'm pretty happy because I think this is the right way to go when you're talking about the environment, but it's usually the prototype every time in Formula One - everybody believes that, if they develop a system, they have a little advantage, but this way the costs are completely uncontrolled.

"I believe all the teams were quite happy to develop KERS together. Formula One together, all the working groups, all the engineers together, develop the new system and this is really the only way to control costs, because we establish the budget, there was the same tender for everybody. I'm not happy to develop any technology when I don't know what the budget is, that's for sure."

Denying suggestions that he wanted to steer F1 closer to the one-make GP2 series that he was instrumental in setting up, Briatore continued his theme by echoing Bernie Ecclestone's claim that few outsiders are interested in the technical side of the sport.

"I think it's very difficult to understand why we need a thousand people to run two cars," he said, "This is my philosophy, it's too many. We are racing. Everybody forgets what the public wants. I don't see so many people from the public interested in our gearbox. I don't see so many people interested in Fernando's suspension. I don't see the public going crazy about Fernando's brakes or Kubica's.



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