Max Mosley has written to each of the Formula One teams outlining ideas and proposals for the future direction of the sport, giving particular attention to the technical rules and cost-cutting schemes. However, in the past the regulations have been pretty much dictated to the teams involved in the sport and while they have had some say in what happens, I sincerely doubt they’ve had as much as they’ve just been asked for. Mosley has invited the teams to bring ideas to the table…
Oh yes, you heard me correctly: Max Mosley, in his letter which has been published on the FIA’s offical website and available as a downloadable PDF, clearly states that teams may submit detailed proposals, which can then be discussed and possibly turned into rules that will enable many of the FIA’s objectives while giving the team’s some lee-way on how it is done.
Here’s the majority of the letter…
Formula One is becoming unsustainable. The major manufacturers are currently employing up to 1000 people to put two cars on the grid. This is clearly unacceptable at a time when all these companies are facing difficult market conditions.
Also, with attention on energy problems world-wide, Formula One cannot afford to be profligate in its use of fuel. Indeed, without the KERS initiative, some major sponsors might already have left.
The FIA is therefore inviting the teams to make proposals
- to reduce current levels of expenditure. New rules must ensure that the costs of the manufacturer teams come down by at least 50% and that the independent teams become financially viable. Both must be done without affecting the spectacle in any
- to extract more useful energy from less fuel. The target should be a (very challenging) 50% reduction from today’s levels of fuel consumption by 2015, while maintaining current speeds. The rules should encourage manufacturer teams to research technologies which are road-relevant rather than Formula One-specific;
- to improve the racing, including rules to ensure that cars remain aerodynamically efficient when in close proximity to one another.
The matter is now urgent. We need proposals which we can turn into detailed rules. These must be ready within three months and have the support of at least a majority of the teams, failing which the FIA will itself prepare new rules for 2011.
Mosley has detailed his proposals further by asking the teams to devise ways to achieve the following:
Mosley suggested budget caps, and has left it up to the teams to decide among themselves what this should be if chosen. However, he has stated that this must allow “a back-of-the-grid independent team to operate profitably”. Also, the manufacturers could offer independant teams the use of their drive-trains (and associated energy-saving technology) and Mosley hinted at a price of around €2m per year. Mosley went on to say that shared technology would be welcomed if it helped, but the “reduce[d] costs must not affect the spectacle in any way”.
Mosley wants a “20% reduction in fuel consumption for 2011 progressing to 50% in 2015, while keeping lap times and top speeds at current levels.” Mosley has suggested that limiting fuel flow and the total amount used during races would be a good way to control this, and has also asked the teams to develop more energy-efficient technologies for use in the sport and in the general motoring industry.
Mosley’s final point is, to be frank, quite funny. In his letter he gets into quite specific things, especially regarding the KERS device. However, when it comes to improving the racing, he leaves it at just one paragraph. In essence, his text states that he wants the cars to run in close proximity to one another to better enable overtaking. Mosley offers no suggestions on this, and again opens his letter up for invitations on how this could be achieved.
So, either Mosley is stuck for ideas or he has hired a very clever PR company and is in the process of rebranding himself. Either way, the rules do require attention for beyond 2009 and despite Max trying to make himself appear more open, he is still being very specific about a number of things, KERS for example. Perhaps he’s just asserting his authority over the sport, albeit in a more friendly manner.
Anyway, as Max is being open to ideas from the teams, why not the fans?
Have Your Say…
Readers of BlogF1, get your thinking caps on and add your suggestions for the 2011 rules here, be they new rules, updates to existing rules or way in which Max can achieve his dream of a lean, green Formula One machine. Or something entirely different. As ever, comments are open…
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