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Briatore repeats call for cost-cutting urgency.

Flavio Briatore has again called for Formula One to look at itself and make changes he feels are vital to preserve not only the teams taking part, but also the very fabric of the sport.

The Italian has long been an advocate of cutting the cost of competing in the top flight and, with the current economic 'crisis' looking likely to have an impact on F1, suggested that the major players in the sport act with urgency.

"I looked at the steering wheels of the cars during the Brazilian Grand Prix," he told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport magazine, "and it looked as though we wanted our cars to fly to Mars. I asked myself why should we put so much energy and money there, when only the egos of the engineers are being satisfied.

"We have our fate in our own hands, and we must act quickly otherwise the manufacturers will leave and the private teams die out. We do not live in a gilded cage when around us everything burns. We need to find solutions for the period 2010-12, and I've said it before that we should sticks everyone who has a say on the future into a hotel room and give them a maximum of a week. Then we must see white smoke out of the chimney [to show they agree] - just like when they choose a new Pope!"

Despite murmurings of discontent about FIA president Max Mosley attempting to push through his own views and proposals regarding cost-cutting, Briatore would not exclude the governing body from any discussion on the sport's future.

"Not at all," he insists, "I'm only saying that the impetus must come from the teams. FOTA did not start a war with Bernie Ecclestone and Max Mosley - we want to collaborate with them and, if we get nothing decided [between the teams], then Mosley is right to put through his own ideas. He sat down and thought how to rescue Formula One - and he will do it."

Believing that F1 should be able to cut the cost of competing in half, Briatore is puzzled by the rush to introduce new technologies such as KERS, and wonders why such advances cannot be jointly developed to help save on R&D costs. Ironically, while calling for reins to be tightened in other areas, Mosley is insistent that KERS - a potentially environmentally-beneficial technology - be left free for development by the teams.

"It would have been better if we had shifted its introduction on a year," Briatore said of KERS, "No-one was not for that, only BMW, and I do not understand why. Now everyone is forced to invest a lot of money.

"If we introduce new technologies into Formula One, we should jointly develop them. That saves costs and fulfills the same purpose. If every team works for itself alone, more money is spent and, in the end, we are still the same. The quickshift gearboxes are the best example of that."



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Jim Clausen

December 02, 2008 2:14 PM

Regs, Smegs! The F1 guys who talk about cost cutting regulations are a joke. Have you seen RBRs so called "motorhome"? Takes days to setup. McLaren's tech center. Multi-million dollar engineers. What's Kimi's salary? Private jets to and from the race. The list goes on.... These are all under the heading of discretionary spending. Most of the money comes from sponsors and manufactures who voluntarily give it to the teams. What Briatore is saying is, 'We team principles need protection from ourselves'. The current exorbitant spending will be self-correcting with the oncoming recession.

piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

December 02, 2008 11:53 AM

Wise words, lets hope someone takes note. The easiest way of limiting development costs is to do the same with the whole car as with engines - offer the design (under license) to other teams for a fixed, low price at the end of a season. This would result in two things - reduced dev costs as a whole, and especially reduced dev costs on the current car within the season (the benefit of any dev would reduce as the season went on). Can anyone think of a drawback to this?



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