Only £40m? Come on, boss…

F1 gridWelcome to the biggest shake-up in F1 since, er, ever. The FIA has just announced a £40 million team budget cap within Formula 1 for next season.

That’s not much by F1 standards, but it could have been even lower: the figure was originally expected to be £30 million, but FIA president Max Mosley agreed to the increase after discussions with F1 teams last week.

The £40m budget covers all team expenditure with a handful of exceptions including drivers’ pay, marketing and – good news for McLaren – fines. More significantly, engine costs will not be included within the budget for 2010, but this is expected to change in future years.

As expected, teams will be permitted to opt out of the budget. If they do so, they will be heavily restricted in their technical freedom: budget-capped teams will be allowed to run adjustable front and rear wings as well as engines without rev limits, and will not be bound by the current wind tunnel restrictions on scale and speed. They will also be able to run unlimited winter testing.

Teams that sign up to the budget cap and then exceed it will not be subject to fixed penalties. Instead, a new ‘costs commission’ will assess the ‘degree of misdemeanour’ and then advise the FIA on the penalty that should be applied.

Mosley also announced that the maximum number of cars in the championship will rise from 24 to 26 from 2010. Currently there are only 20 cars on the grid.

What do you think of the new rules, Sunday Afternooners? A much-needed kick up the arse for F1? Or the start of a two-tier dissolution?

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This is brilliant, it leads to the best thing u can have in motorsport: unpredictibility. and it gives the under dogs a chance to shine.

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The new rules has made F1 more interesting but that does not mean it was not interesting before. I think the new rules are to incurage new teams to join but in the proses it punishes large teams like ferrari and Merc. It could help mclaren if they start there own team.

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*SPAM ALERT*

Why, Stig, why?

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FIA is turning F1 into F3 because they know some manufacturing teams are considering to leave F1 as a result of far too many rule changes. Even Ferrari. They should. The current monsters are too ugly to be advertising for such an elegant brand. The ’09 Ferrari is the first ugly F1 Ferrari, not their fault though..

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really? if you stare at it long enough there’s a certain degree of coolness in 2009 F1 cars… somehow…
Well, isn’t thats why we have F1 and F3? F1 IS expensive. I mean, surely even the Red Bulls is spending more than 40million?
And why make F1 more simpler by banning refueling? I mean, F1 has its own trend of market.
I think the biggest threat to Formula One is losing its identity…

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When 2010 is next, every single team will go completely mental. Buying new technology for the engine and the body. This would be good

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I think that no matter how much money your limited to f1 will still not get simpler

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I am looking forward to Air Brakes. Now since the front wing and rear wing is allowed to move under the capped rules.

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Budget cap is fine, but I would’ve thought it more realistic to cap around £60m – £80m? That way the FIA could scrap all this engine development freeze and make it even more interesting: does a team invest in its engine or chassis for more speed? No refueling will improve the racing, especially with tyre warmers removed: a car leaving the pits with fresh rubber will be equally difficult to control than a car with heavily worn rubber. Think of the over-taking and tactics with that!

And to keep the technology in F1 realistic stop forcing technology like KERS! How about simply bringing engine size back down to 2000cc, or even 1600cc, but making it compulsory that all engines must be based on a mass produced engine? And simply make any metals not employed in the mass produced engines illegal. That way engine development cost is significantly reduced and real engine mechanics can make a return to F1. Teams can also decide to bring in stop-start technology if they wish because improved fuel consumption will lead to a lighter car, more speed, and better environmental credentials! All engine producers in F1 have access to mass production smaller cc engines (Ferrari = Fiat) and teams can be allowed to sell engines to rival teams to balance their development cost with non-engine manufacturing teams.

I think the new rule changes are going in the right direction. But the easiest of all would be to simply return to the rule book from the 70’s with cost capping!

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The big thrill of F1 is the incredible noise. Sizing down the engines does not help that at all. F1 sounding like a kitchen machine ain’t appealing.
An F1 should look and sound cool! That’s what brings the goosebumps when you watch and hear them going full throttle through Eau Rouge.

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stop-start technology in formula 1.explain please when formula one cars are stationary apart from pitstops(soon to be irrelevant).budget cap too low.40million wouldnt buy the refreshments at the red bull centre

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Please dont make engines smaller, I cried when they went form v10s to v8s.

But the FIA should forget the Budget cap, unfreeze the engines, and give the teams the freedom they deserve

And dont get rid of pitstops, they are an intrical part of F1 and add a lot to the race. There is no strategy needed if there are no pit stops.

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So agree, me too. Still miss the V10 sound.
Guess pit stops will continue, for tires, just like the pre ’94 period.

One starts to wonder why the hell the FIA changed the rules (apart from safety measures) every season??
Imagine if the same would happen in any other sport.

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ok how about this for rules:
1 No cost cap – spend what you want, but you make your research available to all after each race.
2 Exotic materials to be encouraged. brakes can be made from something only found on the moon
3 No max power rating or minimum weigh – Maximum power to weight ratio instead
4 Extra points for teams with cute/sexy/willing/rich pit girls. Points deducted from drivers who bring their granny (unless accompanied by carer with criteria above)
5 Extra points for teams with Oscar winning or top 10 artists in toe.
6 If drivers finish on same points championship decided by drunken fistfight
7 No team can have more lawyers than drivers

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Like with this year’s rules, we’ll have to wait and see if it really works. But it is great to see F1 big bosses recognizing something is wrong, and trying to change it. Maybe is the track attendance in the European races that got them thinking…

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i definetely agree with H above those would be brilliant. i personnally think f1 would be great with no rules ‘cept no contact. imagine that, no limits on the engines or how much power or downforce youre allowed. every team could make the car as fast as they possibly could. that would get a lot of close racing and overtaking!

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I think this would be brilliant, but my only concern is whether they will be able to afford repairs and some other stuff that are maybe not mentioned.

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I agree as well “Old Cow said:” no offense though. ;)

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