Todt: Budget cap not enough to rein in F1 costs

Formula 1

Formula 1 would need more than just a budget cap in order to reduce costs, according to FIA president Jean Todt.

While a cap on team spending is being considered by F1’s owners, Todt argues that it would not be effective as an isolated measure.

He suggests that it would need to be introduced in conjunction with other regulations which make competing in Formula 1 inherently cheaper.

“We have been talking about cost control/cost cap for a while,” said Todt. “I believe it is a good move, but for me it has to be a combination.

“We need to make regulations which will have some impact on the actual costs.

“To simply say we are going make a cost cap, I don’t think it will work. So far, any attempt has not worked.

“We have to be able to agree something that will be more sophisticated in order to achieve that.”

F1’s commercial chiefs are due to sit down individually with teams this winter to discuss in more detail the idea of a budget cap.

Despite all teams acknowledging that something needs to be done about costs, there remains some scepticism about whether or not a cost cap is workable.

Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner is unsure about its policing, which has always been one of the reasons that attempts in the past to introduce it have failed.

However, he echoes Todt’s idea that getting other rules in place to limit costs is essential if the cost cap itself is not to come under too much scrutiny.

“I’m not a huge fan of budget caps because I question how policeable it is – because everyone’s corporate structure is different,” Horner said.

“It absolutely has to go hand in hand with dealing with the cost drivers upstream, because the costs are generated through the regulations. That is what determines the amount we spend.

“So you have to deal with the root cause, and then it becomes far less sensitive to be imposing a cap.

“If you put all your reliance on a cap, there is too much pressure on the dam.”

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