Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Sauber F1’s Marcus Ericsson throughout observe for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Photograph credit score: Dan Mullan/Getty Photos
There’s a variety of design and engineering freedom in System One, making money move extremely proportionate to efficiency. That results in groups being virtually in numerous zip codes from each other on observe every race, and outcomes being relatively predictable. Nevertheless it seems like the brand new F1 bosses wish to change that.
Former F1 tyrant and identified businessperson Bernie Ecclestone obtained the boot from the sequence’ prime function shortly after Liberty Media purchased it, and Chase Carey grew to become CEO. Ecclestone, now 86, did a variety of nice issues for F1 a long time in the past, however his newer contributions consisted of calling North America a shit gap, saying it will be a good suggestion to make followers suppose their favourite driver may be injured in a wreck, shunning the web and spouting off sexist feedback.
Thus, Liberty Media got here in and instantly began making some modifications to how F1 runs. A change the brand new bosses may ultimately make is in how a lot groups spend, whether or not it’s by standardizing parts or another avenue, to reel competitors nearer collectively.
It’s straightforward to see on the observe which groups have essentially the most money going into their race automobiles, since analysis, improvement and manufacturing in F1 has such a huge impact on what occurs. NBC Sports activities reported that the very best spending F1 group in 2013, Ferrari, poured $470 million into its program.
Motorsport.com studies that Ferrari’s determine from final 12 months was round $430 million, whereas smaller groups like Drive India and Sauber ran on round $117 million and $123 million, respectively. It confirmed, too: Ferrari scored 398 factors as a group, Drive India scored 173, and Sauber scored… two.
Right here’s what Carey instructed Motorsport.com in regards to the potential routes F1 may go on standardizing prices:
McLaren govt director Zak Brown has backed a funds cap up to now, and likewise claimed “there are some that suppose we should always standardise some elements”.
Carey has now confirmed that normal elements is an possibility F1 has thought-about to chop prices, as he reiterated Liberty’s sporting chief Ross Brawn’s declare that expertise shouldn’t be “dumbed down”.
“There are numerous paths to get there, whether or not it’s value caps, or different methods to deal with key parts of the automotive,” stated Carey.
“We’re not trying to standardise the automotive – we predict it is extremely essential to proceed to have a sport that’s competitors married to state-of-the-art applied sciences. …”
Carey instructed Motorsport.com he’s “not trying to dumb the automobiles down,” however he thinks the sequence may standardize totally different parts to “enhance the general economics of the enterprise” and the competitors.
F1 bosses have had some preliminary conferences with groups in regards to the thought of bringing their prices nearer collectively, Carey instructed Motorsport.com. Right here’s what else he stated:
“One of many challenges we’ve immediately is there are a handful of groups that clearly spend at a stage that’s a lot totally different from the others, and you may see the outcomes on the observe,” stated Carey.
“So if we are able to convey the prices into an space the place they’re extra comparable – not equal – to one another, it will probably improve competitors and would make the economics of the enterprise a lot better. …
“It’s definitely our aim to deal with these prices, and we predict the game will on many ranges profit from that.”
Innovation is nice and enjoyable, however so is having an array of various winners all through the race season. Good on F1 for attempting to make actuality.