Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff is adamant that cutting costs in Formula 1, by monitoring each team’s expenditure, is a tough ask because it would be virtually impossible to police.
Speaking during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend Wolff said, “How do you close the gap between a privately owned team, owned by a millionaire who enjoys going racing and a multinational global brand that tries to promote its products? It’s impossible.”
“So the question is: do we want to close the gap, narrow the gap of the cars and make the racing more tight, or do we want to really cut costs. I think it’s super-difficult, you know? At first sight it looks very simple but then how do you want to police it?”
“How do you want to look into Honda in Japan? How do you want to look into the various models of organisation? Why should Ferrari ever accept anybody looking into their operation when F1 is part of the road car business.”
“It’s just unpoliceable. At the moment it’s unpoliceable. It doesn’t function. So there are many agendas, many different models and we need to bring all that under one umbrella, and it’s so complicated,” ventured Wolff. (GP247)