We discussed an article regarding former FIA president Max Mosley’s concept of making Formula 1 a two-formula series with a budget-cap formula open to nearly all types of innovation and engine types so long as they team signed on to a limited team budget of, say, $100 million.
That notion got Sauber team boss, Monisha Kaltenborn, thinking and even channeling her inner Robespierre by suggesting that Formula not only needed this kind of solution but a full-on French Revolution. Uh…ok.
“This kind of vision for me shows that maybe you need some kind of French Revolution in the sport, because that was at the time also about freedom and equality.
“Maybe it’s time for a French revolution.”
No matter what side of that conflict t you’re on, the entire thing got relatively bloody and messy and I’m not quite sure F1 needs that kind of revolution. How about we start with adding a possible second formula and see how it goes from there?
It doesn’t need a French Revolution, it just need Formula One Management and the FIA to vote for big changes in the series to reduce costs and get the series back on track. The two entities out number the teams on votes in the F1 Strategy Group and ultimately this is what I have been suggesting from FIA president, Jean Todt. Get together with the commercial right’s holder, and make the changes needed.
Teams aren’t going to like it and such is the game of F1. We were very willing to tell Red Bull to take their whining somewhere else and said good riddance—actually, I wasn’t one of those because I like that team and think it adds tremendous value to the sport—and we weren’t too bashful in saying so long to Caterham.
Are we concerned that Mercedes may not like the formula changes? I guess, following the lead of many F1 fans and their draconian views on team departures…fine, so long.
So here’s the question, if FOM and FIA agreed to a two-formula series or made massive changes for 2017 that Mercedes weren’t happy about prompting a threat to leave the sport, would you mind? Would you care? Is it the same for them as it seemed to be for Red Bull when you heaped disdain on them and told them not to let the door hit them in the arse as they left?
At some point, perhaps Monisha may start eating cake while all of this is going on. Let’s hope her guillotine is nice and sharp.
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT