Little Support For Chassis Customers

The idea of ​​allowing the sale of chassis to reduce development costs of small teams is still considered, but it gets little support even among some top teams.

F1 community does not come to an agreement on how best to regulate and manage the ever-increasing costs, time seems to press more to avert a crisis and the disappearance of some teams. Purchasing a chassis with a stable peak is one solution among others, but it is not very popular.

“We are not particularly enthusiastic about the idea of chassis customers,” said Ross Brawn , boss of Mercedes, the last weekend in India. “We are more interested in finding ways to reduce the cost base for all teams, and perhaps share parts with no impact on performance. Example, pedals and other elements of the car do not affect performance, but each team makes its own pedals and his own steering columns. I think we could do something at this level without damaging the DNA of the discipline. We should work on that. “


At Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes the purely economic aspects: “If you look at it strictly in terms of cost, the most logical way to reduce costs significantly would be to sell a car, or a car of the year Previous in whole. Namely if it would be contrary to the definition of ‘manufacturer in Formula 1 is another debate. But if you are absolutely obsessed with the savings, there’s no doubt that it would be the most effective approaches. Is this would be the right thing to do is another question. Inevitably, there will a lot of debate on the subject, but I think our discipline must keep the this option open mind. ”

“If we do nothing”

“For Force India, we are completely opposed to the idea of chassis customers,” said CEO and co-owner of the team, Vijay Mallya . “What you should do is go back to the days when there was cohesion within the FOTA (Formula One Teams Association). A key feature of discussions of FOTA, it was find a way to reduce costs for all parties involved in Formula 1. But some big teams have refused to reduce their expenses and any agreement on cost containment ( RRA ) has collapsed. then try to reduce the costs by adopting a radical concept chassis customers is ridiculous. What would we then plant small teams, which employ hundreds of people? can not just throw it out the window, buying a car of previous year and go running. I think the whole DNA of Formula 1 would be affected on the first day. “

I absolutely agree (with Mallya),” said the owner of Sauber, Monisha Kaltenborn . “Sauber manufactures cars in different series for 40 years. We are absolutely against the concept of chassis customers because it would undermine our own area of ​​expertise. There are other ways to reduce costs, such as imposing a budget ceiling or review regulations.It is very important for Formula 1 (to reduce costs), but adopting such a measure would be a fundamental change. And it would lead to nothing because (client teams will fail to win ) and when they find themselves with only a few points, they will still leave the discipline. This would be very dangerous to go this route. ”

“I think the chassis customers go against the DNA of Formula 1, but there must be some restrictions on the costs in F1,” said Eric Boullier , the head of Lotus. “We can not simply cut costs by closing the tunnel or something else in the factory. Should be it the least intrusive on the development of the team. We could also let the team decide ‘themselves what they want to do to cut spending, but we should have regulations to govern it. ”

“If we do nothing, it will be increasingly difficult to survive,” said Boullier. “Maybe we could prepare three cars (if teams disappear) and thus maintain a grid of reasonable size, but it would cost more money and would go against measures to reduce costs. We need to think on this subject and think intelligently. “