Max Mosley: Prizes should be divided equallyFebruary 12, 2019
The costs in Formula 1 are too high to attract new teams, the only working model now is to buy most of the car from one of the top teams, as Haas F1 did, but this will not allow to fight for victory.
Former FIA President Max Mosley at one time tried to reduce the cost of participation in the championship, in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport, he proposed a simple scheme …
Max Mosley: “The only possible way out is to limit budgets. If I were a dictator who never served as president of the FIA, I would suggest dividing the prizes from the FOM equally into ten teams.
Suppose it would turn out to be 60 million for a team – and that’s just the teams could spend this money during the season, including the drivers ’salary. All sponsorship funds that the team will attract will be its profit. A team like Ferrari would be incredibly profitable.
This scheme is generally attractive to automakers, who could argue not only the size of the budget, demonstrating the professionalism and resourcefulness of their engineers.
It may seem that 60 million – very little, but this is just a figure that I called. If you actually split the prize equally, it will be much more. But 60 million is a lot, ten times more than needed in Formula 2, in order to put two cars at the start.
If you paint the cars of Formula 2 in the colors of Formula 1 teams, no one in the stands or on the TV screen will notice the difference. Huge money is spent behind the scenes. No one sees how the team is developing its gearbox, which is worth the effort – but this does not affect the spectacular fight on the track.
Unfortunately, the teams do not want to change anything. When at one time we increased the service life of engines, we were told that this was impossible. When we introduced the rules of the closed park between the qualifications and the race, we were told that the machines simply would not reach the finish. But it all worked. Mario Theissen from BMW was one of the opponents of increasing engine life, and then admitted to me that we had saved them a lot of money.
The teams are very advanced in technology, but extremely conservative with regard to the system. Teams with a large budget will never give up their advantage over teams with less money. But if a team hires three times more people than rivals, it is literally the same thing if they had an engine with three times more volume. Obviously, with such an advantage, these teams will never agree to limit the budget. ”
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