mcdenife wrote:But what is wrong with Formula One today was wrong before any of the present economic problems cropped up. Essentially it’s the rules, which have become ever more restrictive compressing the work of the engineers into an ever smaller area.
“As such, success in F1 today consists of optimizing every single part of the chassis to the ultimate degree and that is both extremely expensive and utterly pointless.”
The gal of the guy, when he is singularly responsible for this state of affair with his constant medling and rule changes while power tripping.
xpensive wrote:Indeed, it's no secret that Ferrari and Luca Montezemolo has been against KERS lately , in which he is absolutely correct, to my mind anyway.
Each team are reportedly spending millions of dollars to develop systems in order to accumulate 0.11 kWh of energy per lap with a "green" argument?
"I'll do whatever it takes for us to have the best team we can possibly have. If that means take part of my salary to keep certain people on, or to hire certain people, I'll do it."
FIA and FOTA confident on cost cuts
By Jonathan Noble Wednesday, December 10th 2008, 19:09 GMT
The FIA and the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) believe that cost-cutting measures agreed between them in Monaco today have helped ensure the sport faces a secure future.
FIA president Max Mosley met with the teams on Wednesday to work through a series of cost cutting measures for next year and 2010 that he believes are needed if the sport is to survive and prosper.
Although no details of what was agreed have been released, the FIA and FOTA issued a joint statement saying that the gathering had been the 'most successful meeting on Formula One matters which any of the participants can remember.'
The statement said that measures agreed helped achieve the aims of cutting costs, which Mosley had outlined in a letter to teams back in July. It suggested that cost cutting measures would not only provide a financial boost would also maintain: "Formula One at the pinnacle of motor sport and reinforcing its appeal."
The measures will now be put forward to the FIA World Motor Sport Council on Friday, after which full details will be released.
It is understood the measures include a dramatic reduction in testing, moves to limit wind tunnel time and aerodynamic development, plus the use of more standard parts.
Plans to give teams the option of a standard engine will likely depend on tomorrow's deadline for applications, with it clear that manufacturers will not be forced to run them if they are introduced.
Mosley said: "I am delighted with the outcome of this meeting."
FOTA President Luca di Montezemolo added: "The unity of the teams was fundamental to meeting the goals for a new Formula One, but with the same DNA, as requested by the FIA."
xpensive wrote:Doh, there goes my precious methanol-burners I'm afraid, or not?
Diesel wrote:Two words... BUDGET CAP.
Stop restricting the technology to try and make it cheaper, just restrict how much they can spend and let them develop whatever they want. Then potentailly we could end up with some great technological developments that are also cost effective.
McLaren and Mercedes have strongly criticised KERS yesterday and today. So clearly they are very much in Alliance with Ferrari to pressure BMW and Williams into abandoning KERS.