- May 3, 2006
- Manchester, UK
- Audi A3 1.4 TFSI Honda Hornet CB600S
^If this change happens as it is now we will be down to 4 team by next year.
I don't get the do or die attitude, if the teams resist the current plan, it most mean that it makes financial sense to spend as much money as they do. Therefore, the financial crisis can't really be used as an argument to force this matter through the way FIA is doing it now.
You have to take it in steps. Why not see if they can agree on a 100 mil. budget cap for everyone this year, and then maybe work their way down to lower levels?
FIA are ruining F1 as much as the teams are. They are the ones in control, they should have made sure a long time ago that it wouldn't come to this. They can't just realize that now, and fuck over all the current big teams, who have been in the sport for ages.
None of the teams are serious about pulling out, and neither are the FIA serious about bringing this in as it stands. They make these wild threats, have a nice meeting, and settle on a compromise. It is just how negotiations work.
The problem with a ?100m budget is that the new teams won't come (apart from USGPE) and you will probably still lose Renault and Toyota. I think even a ?60m limit would scare away teams such as Prodrive and Lola because they wouldn't be able to afford to be competitive.
A budget is pointless unless it is low enough so that all teams can afford it, or at least get close to being able to afford it.
The FIA couldn't have sorted this out earlier. They would never have had a hope in hell in introducing any kind of limit on spending a few years back when the manufacturers could afford to throw hundreds of millions at it.
In all fairness to the FIA, they have done all they could to limit costs such as freezing engine developments and limiting testing, although they have done weird things like add KERS which raises costs.