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F1 looking to standardise components
Chase Carey has admitted that though F1 is seeking to control spending, plans do not include standardising the cars, however he insists there does need to be more standardising of components.
“In terms of the teams we are very much focused on cost,” he said yesterday, “and I think one of our objectives is clearly to try, for the benefit of the teams as well as the sport overall, to find a way to manage and control cost and that is probably going to be through some sort of, there are many paths to get there, whether it is cost caps or other ways to address key components of the car.
“We are not looking to standardise the car,” he insisted. “We think it is very important we continue to have a sport that is competition married to state of the art technology, so we are not looking to dumb the cars down, but I think we can standardise components a bit.
“We are looking for ways to help address what some of the teams in particular spend that would improve the overall economics of the business and enable everybody within it to benefit as well as improving the competition, because I think one of the challenges we have today is there are a handful of teams that currently spend at a level that is much different to the others and you can see the results on the track.
“If we can bring the costs into an area where they are more comparable, not equal, but they are more comparable to each other and it enhances competition it would make the economics of the business much better.
“We have begun that process with the teams,” he revealed. “We have had some preliminary meetings and there are some big components to it like addressing the engine which is one of the most complicated parts of the car.
“It is certainly our goal to address those costs and we think that the sport will benefit on many levels from that.
“Today there are teams that are spending the better part of $500m to put a race car on the track. That simply doesn’t make sense and if we can put a structure in place that is healthier for the business, improve competition on the track, make the sport more attractive but manage those costs it will create significant improved profitability that all of us should benefit from.”
Hamilton: I’m definitely going to go to hang with [Valentino] Rossi at his ranch
Three-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton has said that he would love to join Valentino Rossi to ride around the Doctor’s infamous ranch.
Hamilton, a self confessed big motorcycle fan, has been extremely vocal in the past about his desires to try a MotoGP machine, and in a recent interview with UK TV channel Channel 4, the 32-year-old said he would love to ride at Rossi’s ranch at his home in Tavullia.
“I love motorbikes so I’m definitely going to go to hang with Rossi at his ranch and bomb around on dirt bikes,” said Hamilton. “I’m going to definitely try and ride a MotoGP bike at some stage. Not to compete, there’s no way that I’m going to be able to beat the next 17, 18 year old.”
Ex-Formula One boss Ron Dennis buys up 175 acres of land to build a mansion and farm on a sprawling estate weeks after selling £275m share of McLaren
Former Formula One boss Ron Dennis has bought 175 acres of land to build his own mansion after selling his share of McLaren for £275million.
He has bought a huge plot of land in Henley-on-Thames, next to what was once the most expensive home in the country, Park Place.
According to the Evening Standard, Mr Dennis is drawing up plans for a mansion on the land, which comes with several cottages already.
Police still can’t find Red Bull scion
The extradition of Red Bull scion Vorayuth Yoovidhya over the hit-and-run case that killed a policeman five years ago faces further delays as police investigators have failed to pinpoint his whereabouts…
Renault open to keeping Palmer if he “turns around” season
The Renault Formula 1 team says it is open to retaining Jolyon Palmer for 2018, if he can lift his disappointing form in the second half of this season.
Stroll to Force India with dad’s help?
In the midst of the F1’s summer holiday there is no better time to embrace the silly season with reports linking Lance Stroll to Force India – after his dad buys the team.