FIA announces new attempt to cap costs in Formula 1 starting in 2015

Will costs controls in F1 ever work? Starting in 2015 time will tell

Will costs controls in F1 ever work? Starting in 2015, time will tell

Another attempt at introducing a cost cap in Formula 1 is being made, according to a surprising FIA announcement.

Although many teams are facing financial difficulties, the idea of compulsorily capping annual budgets has remained highly controversial.

But FIA president Jean Todt told L’Equipe last week: “We need to focus on the problem of costs at all levels of motor sport, not only Formula 1.”

So, after a Paris meeting of the sport’s new strategy group and the Formula 1 Commission, and with Todt declaring a “mandate”, the sport’s governing body said that the “principle of a global cost cap has been adopted” for Formula 1.

“The limit will be applied from January 2015,” the FIA declared.

Limiting the costs of making it onto the F1 grid

Limiting the costs of making it onto the F1 grid

Current Formula 1 team budgets are believed to range from about €70 million at the back of the grid, to several hundred million for frontrunners Red Bull and Ferrari.

The actual number eventually set for the cap is therefore the crucial detail.

“If we’re all at €50 million or €120 million budget, the show will be no different at all,” Caterham boss Cyril Abiteboul argued recently.

The FIA has said that it will now establish a ‘working group’ tasked with having the 2015 budget cap regulations approved by June of next year.

“In the end,” Lotus chief Eric Boullier added, “if we don’t do this, it’s going to be more and more difficult to survive.” (GMM)

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  • jeff

    Really to the hell with these caps. If you want to play with the big boys and win the championship you had better come to the table with a boatload of green. This is THE PINNACLE OF MOTORSPORT. You want play on the cheap. Let the little guys go home. Let them find sponsors. Look at how long Sauber has been around. R&D has no limits.This is F1. You play you pay. PERIOD.

  • Tom Riddle

    If they don’t do this we are going to end up with less and less teams in the sport because they can’t compete and sponsors won’t give mega money to teams who are always at the back of the grid.

    Personally, I don’t want to watch races where there are only 12 cars on the grid or 4 teams with 3 cars each. It would be disastrous for the sport.

  • McLarenfan

    Simple stop changing the regs and increasing the costs i.e Power units, stop the FIA being leaches with the huge price of super licences and entry fees that are increased per point and also take the FIA’s kickback away.

  • dcloudy777

    Impossible to enforce.

  • farizY

    Having loads of cash does not really translate to wins. Look at Toyota for example, heaps of cash, but not a lot achieved.