The debate from 2007/2008/2009 seems to rumble on, but to a lesser amount and is driven by therelationship of McLaren Applied Technologies and Force India and Virgin and other relationships in the sport.
I think this is healthy debate and much needed debate in F1 as i think this is highlighting how to solve a problem of being compeditive in F1 to the 2 newer teams (Virgin/Hispania/Team Lotus) and other teams that can also benifit from strategic partnerships in F1.
I am for "customer cars" in F1, but my view is that smaller teams can buy a Design Licence from a team higher up the grid, but id have some constraints on that Design Licence, id make it that it has to be a 2 year old design and has to be a design that did not come P2, P2 or P3 in the constructors table. This would mean Red Bulls last design they could sell is the RB4, Ferrari the F60 and McLaren the MP4/22.
With the Design Licence, the Chassis must be built by a outside contractor such as EPM Technology or Carbotech, and any saftey updates have to be carried out by buyint team to bring the design up to scratch for that years safety regs.
As for the cost of a Design Licence, id make it arround €5m for 3 chassis to be built, and €1m for every one there after.
As for engine, KERS and tranmissions, im happy with the current regs governing theese, however id make it that Engine Manufacturers who have a works team (Ferrari/Mercedes/Renault) are only allowed to supply one additional team with an engine deal. I know Renault dont own Renault, but it would mean that as soon as they had sold their team, that team should have taken a new name, whitch would have allowed them to supply more teams with an engine. It also makes more teams go with a Cosworth power plant, and bring more manufacturers into the sport in an Engine Only basis. The cost of an engine deal id make €5m a season.
KERS is pretty much integrated to a Engine, but KERS should cost €3m a season, however id have a spec system for €1m as well, but this is only avalable to Cosworth customers. As for a tranmission deal, id make it that teams can supply as many teams as they want with a gearbox, but make it fopr the latest gearbox €5m or a year old transmission €3m. Xtrac and Hewland can also get involved with a spec gearbox for €2m as well.
The teams would then be liable to update the cars design as the "Licencee Team" would not be allowed to use their facilities to update the design.
As for Embedded Staff in smaller teams, id allow this as its a step ahead and allows the larger teams to have another income stream and keeps people in employment. However id make it that the smaller terams can have no more than 40% of their total workforce embedded staff that work on the design and chassis side of things from say McLaren Applied Technology or Red Bull Technology. However specialist Engine, KERS and Tranmission staff are expempted from this, as long as they are the same ammount of staff that run and service those parts from the "works" team. So if Ferrari have 30 KERS engineers then their customer team has to have 30 staff.
Whats the opinion of customer cars in F1, i know ive went off in a rant a little, but it would mean you couls have a team on the grid fo €20m outlay that was semi compeditive and not 7 seconds off the pace, they may be 3 to 4 seconds off the pace whitch is much better i think.